Keeping Mentally Healthy!

For Mental Health Week 2020 we will be exploring a different method of keeping ourselves feeling positive daily!

Thursday:

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“Did you know that getting active can reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem? It can help you feel good on the inside and out” – Mind.org.uk

Staying active is important to help keep maintain a healthy mind. Lots of you have managed to keep up the sports and activities you enjoy from your homes. It is important to get outside to your local area for your daily exercise to help clear your minds and give you a break from being inside. Mrs Downie has been creating weekly Health and Wellbeing Grids for each year to try with some videos to help you. Below are some more ideas for activities you can try at home:

PE with Jo Wicks

Cosmic Yoga

Dancing with Oti

Wednesday:

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Getting creative can be a great way to de-stress and reduce any anxiety you might be feeling. Mrs Moore has set up a wonderful Art Display on our school railings where you can go down and put a picture of your art work. If you need some inspiration for some creative activities make sure to look at Mrs Morgan’s weekly newsletter, families have sent ideas of what they have been getting up to. Below are some links to other ideas:
Create a rainbow for the NHS
Tate Modern Children’s Lessons
Draw with Rob
Heart Art Life
Access Art

Further reading:

>>Forbes Article – Here’s how Creativity Actually Improves your Mental Health

Tuesday:

Being mindful involves being fully present in the current moment. Being aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Given everything that is going on, taking time to be mindful and concentrate on the moment, rather than worry about unfolding events around us can help to feel calmer and more in control. Below are some activities to help you to be more mindful.

Our Sway newsletter includes links to our own SMPS Mindfulness videos and more information about ‘Habits of Happiness’ , a technique tried and tested in our P3 classes earlier this year.

A special edition of Newsround about Mindfulness, and 10 mindfulness exercises for kids are on the BBC website.

Further reading:

>>‘Mindfulness – What’s the Point?’

>>The UK’s ‘Mental Health Foundation’ website has further information if you are interested in learning more about Mental Health Awareness week and the topic in general.