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Keep checking your Head of Year Google Classroom for any games, activities, and wellbeing tips!
Feeling a little stressed? Why not try the tips below!
- Eat healthily. There is a growing amount of evidence that food can affect our mood so try and eat as healthily as possible.
- Exercise. This is such an effective way of relieving stress, even if you go for one short walk a day outside or take a trip to the park.
- Take time out to relax. Strike the balance between your responsibilities and priorities; making sure you prioritise self-care! This will often help you find a simple solution to the problem you’re feeling so stressed about.
- Get some sleep. Try and have a healthy sleep pattern! Perhaps you can journal your thoughts before you sleep to help your mind to relax and not run in overdrive.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself! Try and keep things in perspective, be kind to yourself and look at the positives in life.
Feeling a little worried during this time? Take a look at the 5 tips below!
- ACCEPT: When it is a strange and difficult time, it is okay to give yourself permission to grieve and feel sad about how different life looks and that there are things that you can’t do any more. Grieving doesn’t mean staying in a place of sadness but dealing with your emotions until you finally come to a place of acceptance.
- ENGAGE: Look for ways to have face to face time with others. Try using free video apps or meet in person for a socially distanced walk. Seeing someone’s face and hearing their voice always leads to a greater sense of connection than just texting to chat or posting images online.
- MOVE: Try doing exercise or help with practical stuff around the house. Exercise gets rid of adrenaline and causes the release of endorphins which is a happy hormone! Helping and engaging with something practical for someone else can take your mind off anxious thoughts and leave you with a sense of achievement.
- PAUSE: Take 10-15 minutes a day just being quiet and becoming aware of how your body is feeling. This could look practising mindfulness, having some quiet time or taking deep breaths. Some people pray as a way of connecting with themselves and their spirituality. Have an attitude of gratitude! Taking time out means being thankful for the good things that you do still have in your life.
- LEARN: Keeping your mind active through studying and learning is good for your mental health. As well as your studies for school, you can learn about topics for fun as well! Have you always wanted to learn sign language or how to bake a cake? Temporary distraction is a great technique provided it doesn’t become about long term covering up what needs to be dealt with on the inside.