Welcome to Penketh High school’s Emotional Wellbeing page. As a school we take your wellbeing very seriously and we have worked hard to embed this commitment, not only into our ethos and culture, but into our practice as well. As such, the purpose of this page is to provide useful information on various topics concerning emotional wellbeing, and to provide practical skills and strategies for you to try on your own or with friends and family. It will also provide links to local provision and helpful websites as appropriate.
Issue 2 Happy Holidays!!!
Well done everyone! It has been a challenging yet productive term and you have all earned a well-deserved break. Enjoy this time with family and friends and recharge your batteries. Make sure you find time for yourself over the holidays to reflect on your progress and accomplishments this term, and acknowledge the hard work you put into making that happen.
Don’t forget to look after your physical and emotional health over the holidays. It is nice to have a break and some quiet time but spending too much time on your own can lead to your thoughts becoming heavy and unhelpful. Make a plan to keep yourself in tip top emotional fitness
Physical activity releases the feel-good chemicals, endorphins, which help you to relax, feel happy and boost your mood. By undertaking simple tasks such as ice skating, walking in the park, or joining in with Christmas games, you can benefit from experiencing reduced anxiety, decreased depression and improved self-esteem.
In addition, recent research has indicated that regular exercise can help to boost our immune systems, enabling us to better fight off colds and flu viruses that are prolific in winter months.
The festive period provides us with an ideal opportunity to talk to, visit or engage with the people around us. Face-to-face communication has been shown to improve our mental and physical wellbeing as this interaction produces the hormone, oxytocin, which can benefit our immune system, heart health and cognitive function.
You could arrange a shared experience as a gift for a friend or loved one such as a cookery lesson or cinema outing.
Stay in touch
There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face, but that’s not always possible. Give them a call, drop them a note or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open – it’s good for you!
If you’re feeling out of touch with some people, Christmas can be a good opportunity to reconnect with a card, email or phone call. Talking can be a good way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head.
If something is worrying you, whether it’s work, family problems or other feelings, just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. It works both ways: if you open up, it might encourage others to do the same and get something off their mind.
Try to relax
Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time as we prepare to entertain family and friends, worry about cooking a delicious Christmas dinner, and fit in some last minute present shopping. These feelings of being under pressure can produce symptoms of anxiety, anger and difficulty sleeping which, if prolonged, could have a long-term detrimental impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
By exercising more regularly or practicing mindfulness – a combination of meditation, yoga and breathing techniques – you can help to both alleviate the symptoms of your stress and gain more control when coping with difficult situations.
Helping others is good for your own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve your mood, increase self-esteem and happiness and even benefit your physical health.
Christmas is a good opportunity to volunteer for a charity or local community organisation and provide essential support and encouragement for others in need.
Despite many of us having time off work during Christmas and the New Year, our sleep patterns can be disturbed between catching up with friends and family and partying late in to the night. There is mounting evidence on the link between sleep and mental wellbeing, meaning improvements in the quality of your sleep could result in improvements to your overall mental health.
There are several steps you can take towards achieving a better night’s sleep: attempting to get back in to your regular sleep routine as soon as possible after the party period, consuming less alcohol during the festivities, implementing regular exercise into your weekly routine, and taking measures to alleviate your stress.
Please also see the attached list of local agencies, websites and apps that you may find useful over the holidays. Have a restful, peaceful, and safe holiday season.