It can be hard to maintain motivation when you are at home all day, however, there are some tips below to help find ways to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing.
General Top Tips:
- Don’t slouch around in your pyjamas – get dressed and have a shower
- Chunk the day into different sections e.g. study; exercise; relax; cooking
- Challenge yourself to do different things e.g. cook a new recipe; improve the number of press-ups you can do
- Make contact with other people either on the phone or via social media
- Make a list of things that you would like to achieve e.g. tidying out cupboards, learning a language and make a start!
- Spend time with your family – play games, chat and look after each other
Worried about someone else?
If you are worried about another member of the school community, please fill in a safeguarding referral (Safeguarding Reporting Service (SRS)). You will need to log into your @gladesmorestudent.com email to do this.
It is important to remain active while you are at home. Obviously, if you are feeling unwell, you should not participate in physical exercise but, if you are feeling well, exercise is important and will improve your physical and mental health.
Some options for exercise at home:
|Joe Wickes HIIT workouts||15-20 Minute Workouts||The Body Coach TV|
|Yoga||Range of yoga routines from beginner’s to more advanced|
|Strava||App which can map your cycle, walk and run||strava.com|
|Pilates||Pilates is a form of exercise which focuses on balance, posture, strength and flexibility.||Pilates for Beginners|
|Couch to 5k||Podcast which supports you to run from 0km – 5km in few weeks|
|NHS Fitness Studio||25 instructor-led videos with a range of disciplines||NHS Fitness Studio|
|Dance Workouts||Energetic dance workout recommended by Ms Atwal (a Zumba expert)||Valeoclub|
Counselling: Online or Phone
Talk to someone
|Kooth||Haringey have subscribed to an online counselling service. This service is open to all young people and is confidential.||
Leaflet: Kooth Info Sheet
|Haringey Mental Health Support Team||Haringey Mental Health Team are available on the phone 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. The service can be accessed by children/ young people, parents/ carers and school staff.||
Phone: 0208 702 6035
|Samaritans||Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.||Website: samaritans.org|
Mindfulness or becoming mindful is a great way to get to know your thoughts and feelings and helps you to focus a bit better on the here and now, rather than what happened yesterday (the past) or what's happening tomorrow (the future). This can be a particularly useful skill at times when we are under great stress or feel that things are out of control (it is very normal to feel like this when we are facing an uncertain situation in the Coronavirus). If you want to know a bit more, please read Mr McNally’s easy-to-follow explanation below.
There are many different websites offering Mindfulness activities but it wouldn’t be very ‘mindful’ of us to overwhelm you. We have therefore selected two which come highly recommended from the professionals at Gladesmore Community School.
For older children (or if you wish to try this for yourself)
For younger children (our SENCO has also found this very effective with SEND students)
Mindfulness Meditation for Kids: Breathing Exercise
Some explanation from our GCS mindfulness advocate, Mr McNally:
“The way I like to think about the brain is that it's a little bit like a computer, sending out signals that control our movement, breathing, heart rate and other body things whereas the 'mind' is what we focus on and pay attention to.
The mind can be a little bit like a puppy- it can be fun, bouncy, naughty, cheeky, runs around a lot and doesn't like to stay in the same place very long. Mindfulness practise is a bit like gently training the puppy to behave, calm down a bit and stay in one place.
By being mindful, you are helping your mind to calm down by noticing what you are thinking and feeling here and now and what may pull your attention away. Over time, this can help us to feel better about ourselves and manage difficult situations in life.”
Mental Health and Wellbeing
|Young Minds||Mental health charity organisation there for support and communication||youngminds.org|
|Mind||Mental health charity organisation there for support and communication||mind.org.uk/|
|Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families||Advice here for both parents and children, however, we are linking directly to the self-care pages which have many different strategies for helping you to manage your feelings at this difficult time||annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/|
|NSPCC||Advice on a range of topics which affect young people||nspcc.org.uk|
|Childline||Advice on a range of topics which affect young people||childline.org.uk|