Wellbeing and Mental Health
Please read the following wellbeing and mental health information from Mrs Copeland.
What is good mental health?
Looking after your mental health is not something we should just do if we are struggling, or feeling low, anxious or stressed. It’s actually something we should think about all the time and really invest in, just like with our physical health.
Having good mental health can help us sleep better, feel better, enable us to do the things we want to do, and help us have more positive relationships with those around us. We do not need to wait until we’re struggling.
Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future. Over time, it may also reduce our risk of physical health problems.
There are lots of things we can do to look after our mental health and wellbeing every day – make a start with these top tips:
Reframe unhelpful thoughts
The way we think, feel and behave are linked. Sometimes we develop patterns of thoughts or behaviours that are unhelpful so recognising them, and taking steps to think about things differently, can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Be in the present
If we take time to be aware of ourselves and be in the present moment, noticing our own thoughts and feelings, and the world around us, we can gain a better perspective.
Don’t worry about what will happen in the future or focus on the past- focus on the here and now.
Get a good night’s sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough. If you cannot sleep because you are worried about something, then write down your worries– then you have taken you worries away from you and you can go back to sleep. When you wake up in the morning and look at your worries they will not look like such big worries
Connect with others
Spending quality time with friends or family, talking to someone about how we are feeling or finding ways to help other people can all help stop you from feeling lonely and improve your mental health and wellbeing. This can be online, by phone or seeing someone in person (socially distancing of course).
Make time to connect
Social contact is good for your mental health – even if you do not feel like engaging with other people when you are low or anxious.
I have sent the following “tasks” to all students through Class Charts:
Things to consider during half term and beyond:
- Write down all the things you are worried about
- Write down your goals to achieve before September
- Write down what act of kindness you have done/ will do this week
- When you wake up every day write down what you want to achieve that day
- Every night write down what you are proud of from that day
And remember if you cannot sleep because you are worried – write down your worries and then go back to sleep- they won’t seem such big worries in the morning!