As we write this this morning, it definitely feels like autumn has arrived. The nights have started to draw in, and the weather is definitely changing.
This term is always a busy period in the school, our new students are settling in to life at The Newbridge School, and our older students are busy preparing for mock exams and the arrival of the exam season in the spring.
During these busy periods it is important that we all remember to take care of our own mental wellbeing. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th October every year, so to acknowledge this we would like to share the five steps to improve mental wellbeing as shared by the NHS:
- Connect with other people
Good relationships are important for our mental wellbeing and can help to build a sense of belonging and self-worth.
It has been great this week to see so many students taking part in some of our extracurricular activities, whether that be the school pantomime or our sports clubs. Getting involved in extra curricular activities is a great way for students to share positive experiences and get to know other students outside of their own year group.
- Be physically active
We have fantastic sporting facilities here at The Newbridge School and our students are lucky to have a wealth of opportunities to stay physically active. Being active causes chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood. During the winter months it is especially important to keep active, this can be playing a sport or going for a walk.
- Learn new skills
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing. Our students are learning new knowledge and skills at school every day, but there also opportunities to learn new skills outside of school. During the pandemic, many of us were able to use the internet to learn new skills at home and mastering a new skill can give a great sense of purpose and achievement.
- Give to others
The act of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing. We have been so impressed with the kindness and empathy demonstrated by our students since we started here at The Newbridge School. It is fantastic to see them holding the door open for each other and visitors, greeting us with a smile and a good morning on the gate each day, and asking us how we are.
- Pay attention to the present moment
During such busy periods it can sometimes be difficult for our students to incorporate a little relaxation time into every day. Relaxing and having some down time is extremely important for positive mental health and wellbeing.
We will sign off this week with a poem by the Canadian poet Atticus, and a reminder that we have a fantastic pastoral team who are always there for our students to talk to:
“We are all human together – but alone in the lonely kingdoms of ourselves.”