Emotional Wellbeing



Bereavement support for staff

As we prepare to have more and more of our pupils back in school in September it is likely that we will be faced with a new set of challenges relating to trauma and bereavement in both our young people, their families and our staff.

In preparation for this, the Therapies team has been working hard to support pupils, their families and staff. Download the flyer on bereavement support here. 

3 strategies to help you cope with change

After a school year full of upheaval, Jo Steer shares wellbeing strategies to help teachers manage change in the future. Visit the TES article here

3 tips to stop mental overload in lockdown

During lockdown you might feel the need to escape your own negative thoughts – as well as your house. Visit the TES article here.

The 12 Best Books To Read If You’re Looking For Escape

We could all do with escaping reality for a while, and what better way of doing that then getting stuck into a good book? Visit the HuffPostUK article here

4 free wellbeing tools to support you through lockdown

Continuous personal development might allow us to better cope with the situation as it stands and maybe even further into the future. Here’s some of the best online courses and programmes aimed at doing just that. Visit the TES article here

How To Boost Your Mood Now The Lockdown Weather Has Turned

From embracing the rain to getting enough light, these tips will combat the clouds. Visit the HuffPost UK article here

Lockdown life: 5 work-life balance tips to follow

Getting a good work-life balance is hard when you’re working at home all the time, but as we look set for more weeks on lockdown, it’s vital you do so to avoid wearing yourself out. Visit the TES article here.

6 ways to take the ‘remote’ out of remote learning

Children need companionship now more than ever, so we mustn’t neglect the social side of education, argues Tim Hawkes. Visit the TES article here.

6 Science-Backed Ways To Boost Your Mood

While it’s completely normal to feel weird, anxious or completely exhausted right now, there are still things you can do to give yourself a boost each day. Visit the HuffPost UK article here.

How To Switch Off From Work When Home Becomes Your Office

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, many of us are working from home. Here’s how to clock off properly at the end of the day.
Read in HuffPost UK.

Mindfulness tips for working from home

Simple techniques for practising mindfulness every day, no matter where you are – perfect for relieving some of the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Read in BBC Good Food.

Wellbeing tips for those living alone

Adapting to life in lockdown brings new challenges to all of us, but for anyone living alone there is the additional burden of loneliness and wondering when you’ll be able to socialise again.  There are lots of tips and advice out there, here are a few:

  • Try to remember that this situation is temporary and that you’re not alone in this – there are millions of others across the world living alone and looking for ways to cope.  A YouGov poll shows that in this country 20% of the population live alone!
  • Make sure you stay in touch with other people regularly, especially those who matter most to you, on social media, email or phone
  • Spend time on your hobbies and doing things you enjoy – look for online groups or classes that you can join, such as learning a new language or invite others to join you in a digital book club (see below for details on how to do this)
  • Keep a journal of things that make you happy or feel accomplished each day
  • Build routine into your days – plan only one or two days at a time, setting three manageable tasks per day.  This will give you structure and purpose and make you feel more in control
  • Listen to and be kind to yourself – don’t feel guilty for any of your actions
  • Plan times each day/week to speak to friends and relatives, either by phone or video – there are lots of free video calling services such as Zoom.us, Houseparty.com, meet.jit.si, etc
  • Limit your intake of daily news about the virus as too much coverage can create anxiety.  When talking to friends encourage conversation about other topics

This BBC article includes case studies about people living alone, showing how they’re coping as well as advice.

Although aimed predominantly at young people, the YoungMinds website has advice that is useful to all and especially to those living alone.

Here are some further ideas that might help to bring you together with others so as not to feel that you’re completely by yourself: