Wisbech St Mary Wellbeing
YOUR mental health team..
Miss Dawn Freeburn, Mrs Jane Albutt, Mrs Diane McKay, Miss Julie Oliver and Mrs Sally Windsor.
Hello there and welcome! On this page you can find information about Mental Health and Wellbeing. These are difficult times but together, we can and will, get through this. My team and I have a wealth of experience and have been keeping up to date with different strategies that can be used to cope in the current climate. We have also introduced a Mental Health and Well-Being section to the weekly newsletter full of websites you can access for support, activities to help children cope and adjust and how to look after your general well-being. We are here as well of course and can be contacted through our school emails, should you need any advice or further support.
The Well-Being Team
Tips To Boost Your Mental Health
Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.
Set up a getaway. It could be camping with friends or a trip to the tropics. The act of planning a holiday and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!
Work your strengths. Do something you're good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.
Keep it cool for a good night's sleep. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 15 and 20 degrees celsius.
Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality, relationships are key for a happy, healthy life.
Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days. The flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou. If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery, share on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with #mentalillnessfeelslike. Check out what other people are saying here.
Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone - cortisol, and boosts oxytocin - which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.
Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet–they are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits. Fish oil supplements work, but eating your omega-3s in foods like wild salmon, flaxseeds or walnuts also helps build healthy gut bacteria.
Do something with friends and family - have a BBQ, go to a park, or play a game. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend 6-7 hours with friends and family.
Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine, and apply sunscreen. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.