5 Ways to Wellbeing
This year we have introduced the 5 ways to wellbeing. These are:
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.
Exercise is essential for promoting well-being.
But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.
Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:
- Run around at lunchtime
- Walk to school – perhaps with another family – so you can ‘connect’ as well
- Park further away than usual and walk the final part of your journey to school
- Organise a game at playtime
- Arrange to meet friends after school or at weekends for a park visit
- Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for school in the morning
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and preventing ill health for people of all ages.
Try to do something different today and make a connection:
- Talk to someone you don’t see very often
- Speak to someone new in class
- Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
- Give friendly advice to a friend in need
- Sit next to someone new today and make a new friend
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being. Enjoying ‘the moment’ can help us to appreciate the world around us and be thankful for what we have.
Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:
- Get a plant for your bedroom
- Have a ‘declutter my bedroom’ day
- Take notice of how your friends are feeling or acting
- Take a different route on your journey to see friends and family
- Visit a new place for lunch or a family day out
People who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. In our school we give to CAFOD. The children take pride in their efforts to help others and actively support the decisions and gifts we donate using the CAFOD website.
Children enjoy donating to our local foodbank and helping others in need. We support Children in need and red nose day where the children enjoy fundraising activities.
Other acts of kindness can be small but make a huge impact:
- Tell someone special you care for them
- Help a parent around the house
- Draw a picture for someone special
- Help a friend in need
- Tell a friend what makes them special to you
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:
- Find out something about your friends
- Read a book about something that interests you
- Recommend a book to a friend and say what was good about it
- Buy a jigsaw puzzle and enjoy the challenge
- Research something you’ve always wondered about
- Learn a new word.