How do you look after your mental health?
Everyone has mental health; it's just as important as physical health. Mental health allows people to:
· realise their full potential
· cope with the stresses of life
· work productively
· play a full part in family life, school life and community life
Mental ill-health is a wide range of conditions that affect your mood thinking and behaviour. Many people have mental ill-health conditions from time to time.
It helps to think of mental health as something you do rather than something you have. The more you put into it, the more you're likely to get out of it.
How will you model mental health to your children? Early Help for Mental Health (EH4MH) say:
“Children respond best to mental health strategies when they can see them modelled by those around them – it’s not just something we’re telling the children to do, mental health is something that everyone has, and that everyone needs to maintain.”
At Woodbury, we use our 10 a Day to help promote and make us all aware of how to maintain good mental health. Try using the 10 a Day at home, and see how many you can achieve.
1) Talk about your feelings
2) Do something you enjoy and are good at
3) Keep yourself hydrated
4) Eat well
5) Keep active in mind and body
6) Take a break
7) Stay connected to those you care about
8) Ask for help
9) Be proud of your very being
10) Actively care for others
(See 10 a day poster below)
We also follow a mental health programme called “We Eat Elephants”. Problems children and young people (and adults) face often seem like big elephants. If you were faced with a challenge of how to eat an elephant, how would you do it? One chunk at a time of course. This scheme teaches and encourages children to tackle their problems exactly like that – one chunk at a time. Visit www.WeEatElephants.co.uk to find out more.
Finally, we provide times for quite reflection and prayer during the school day, when children have an opportunity to explore their own spirituality. We also promote and practise: yoga, relaxation, meditation and stilling exercises as part of our PSHE programme called Jigsaw.
Resource ideas to promote positive mental health