Wellbeing and Mental Health
Looking after your mental health is so important. In school, we have adopted ‘The 5 Ways to Wellbeing’ that have been identified by the New Economics Foundation. 5 ways to wellbeing are relevant for adults as well as children. Building small actions into your daily life can make you feel good, and feeling good is an important part of being healthy. There are 5 ways to wellbeing that are proven to make a real difference to you.
Connect with the people around you: with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you everyday.
Go for a walk or run, step outside, cycle, play a game, garden or dance – exercising makes you feel good. Most be active importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious, catch sight of the beautiful, remark on the unusual, notice the changing seasons, savour the moment and be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.
Try something new, rediscover an old interest, sign up for that course, take on a different responsibility at work, set learning a challenge you enjoy achieving – Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend or a stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time, join a community group – Seeing yourself and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
At Downsway Primary School we believe every child has a voice. As a staff we practice ‘active listening’, we encourage children to talk about their experiences, we listen to any issues they may have and support them with the best ways to deal with them.
We are here to help…
As always, school is your first stop if you need any support or advice, please get in touch if you need us.