Health and well-being is a mixture of physical, mental and social factors which can change over time and vary depending on different stages in life. Your health and well-being may not always be in a positive state and many things can affect this.
Positive Health and Well-Being
To ensure you stay healthy and maintain a positive well-being, there are steps you can take…
- Eat a balanced diet
- Try to have 8 hours sleep each night
- Surround yourself with people that make a positive impact on your life
- Exercise little but often – this doesn’t have to be vigorous sports, walking is just a good
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t be scared to talk about your feelings or things that are bothering you
- Most importantly – value yourself
For further information, please look at the following websites:
- Young Minds
- Health for Teens
- You may also find the school nurse texting service useful, which can be contacted on: 07537415801. This is a 24 hour help line which offers a confidential service and text back advice for young people.
Things That Could Impact Your Health and Well-Being
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Peer pressure is where you feel like you should do something because your friends are or your friends are encouraging you do something.
On average, three students in every classroom are affected by mental health issues, like depression.
Signs of depression in teens;
- Tiredness and energy loss
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Mood changes
- Loss of appetite
- Sleeping pattern changes – either sleeping a lot or not at all
- Finding it difficult to concentrate
- Thoughts of self harm
This is where a person hurts themselves in a harmful and deliberate way. Whilst cutting is the most common way of self harming, there are many other methods including hair pulling, scratching, biting, head banging, overdosing and much more.
Self harming is a coping mechanism and a way of dealing with the emotions the person is feeling, while gaining some feeling of self-control.
It can become very addictive and to combat self harming, it is essential to understand the behaviour and what caused it to begin.
Eating disorders are a serious mental illness and people use it as a way to gain some form of control or a way of coping with bad thoughts and feelings. It is believed that over 1 million people in the U.K are affected by eating disorders.
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The school’s counsellor meets with certain students weekly. Meetings are arranged through the Pastoral Team. She can offer bereavement counselling too.