Before Christmas, during the second lockdown, I set the students a task to try and complete the 28-day wellbeing challenge. I knew many students were struggling so therefore wanted to create something that would improve their mental health, whilst adding some positivity to their day. I am delighted to see that so many students, across all years, participated. A HUGE thank you to all that took part in this challenge and WELL DONE for completing it!
Many students have submitted evidence of what they have done each day so they can tick off the ‘wellbeing’ element of their ‘Passport to Success’. I am currently making my way through these with a huge smile on my face. I am really enjoying seeing all the different films you have watched, the music you have listened to, the books you have read, your home workouts and treats that you have baked! Certificates will be emailed out to you over the next week!
Looking After Your Mental Health While Studying From Home.
Unfortunately, we have started the new year in a full lockdown and the majority of you are currently studying at home. Below are some top tips for coping with remote learning- you must ensure you look after your mental health and make it your priority.
Form a routine- The best way to do this is by following your school timetable. Get up, have breakfast, get changed and sit at a desk to be more productive. Also, make sure you take breaks throughout the day.
Exercise- This doesn’t have to be an intense hour workout, it could simply be a 30 minute walk each day after you have finished your schoolwork. It is well reported that exercising and getting fresh air helps to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Communicate with people- Your friends may not be in the same room but they are still there! Make full use of video chats and phone calls to keep in touch with them. Maybe have virtual lunch together and all sit down at the same time on a video call.
Support- If you are struggling with your schoolwork please contact your teachers as they are there to help. Don’t be afraid to drop them an email if you want a task clarifying or you want them to explain part of a lesson again! We are also here to support you if you are feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope during lockdown.
Remember we are all in this together- Every single person in the world is currently being affected in one way or another which means lots of people are worried, scared and anxious. Don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings -chat with your parents, friends or teachers.
Miss Wignall (Teacher of Geography & Mental Health First Aider)