16th Apr 2020
There has been much talk in the media about the "epidemic of mental and emotional health issues" faced by young people in the UK in recent years.
Self esteem, body image and resilience are frequently cited as real issues, as is the damage inflicted by excessive "screen time" and especially the pressures presented by the all pervading connection to social media that so many young people are drawn to.
We are working regularly with pupils on stategies they - and we as teachers and parents - can use to help emotional wellbeing.
People who emotionally "robust" are proven to be happier and healthier, to achieve more and to cope with life's challenges more successfully, so this particular work with our young people is absolutely vital.
During the Covid-19 "lockdown", many people are understandably experiencing more anxiety than usual. It's especially important during this time to pay attention to our emotional wellbeing. Pupils are encouraged to share with their form tutor or another trusted adult VIA THEIR PROTECTED SCHOOL GMAIL ACCOUNT any concerns they have or support they need.
There are 5 recognised "tools" for emotional wellbeing:
1. Be connected - not via gadgets but by talking to family and friends - conversations around the dinner table, phone calls to grandparents, face to face time enjoyed with friends, belonging to clubs and doing activities with people who share your interests and talents
2. Be active - keeping active is good for the body (and the knock on effect is better health and self esteem), but it is also good for the mind. Active people are happier as well as healthier
3. Keep learning - not just set work from school, but being curious, reading, reearching things that interest us. Learning new skills is a huge and positive emotional boost
4. Give to others - time, attention, resources. All studies show that helping others - making others happy - has an impact on our brains and makes us happier, gives us a real sense of worth and satisfaction.
5. Notice - the small things that fill our hearts with gratitude and wonder and remind us how lucky and blessed we are - the little things that people do for us, small home comforts and in particular the world around us - the stars, the sunrise, the beauty of creation