Keeping Well and Healthy
We know how difficult this lockdown will be for everyone, including children. Below, we have put together some of our top tips for pupils to help them stay safe and keep well during this period of school closure.
Remember, if you need any help, please contact the school. You can get in touch with any of your teachers, Year Leader, Mr Jeffery or Ms Lee.
1. Follow a routine
It’s important to create a routine to give your day structure.
- Try to get up and go to bed at the same time every day, aiming for seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
- Now that you are studying from home and lessons are online, make sure you schedule in lunch breaks, and time to move and stretch. Here are some ideas for desk exercises.
- Make time for exercise. This can include activities like lifting weights, an online dance class or a walk. If going for a walk, try and go for a walk in a green space such as a park.
2. Eat well
Try to prepare nutritious food if you can. Eating well is good for both your physical and mental health.
- Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to make sure you’re getting a range of vitamins and minerals. Fresh, frozen, dried and tinned options all count.
- Have regular meals and stick to healthy snack options.
3. Keep hydrated
Drinking enough fluids helps your body function properly. The Eatwell Guide recommends you have six to eight glasses of fluid a day, but drink a bit more if you’re exercising.
4. Take time to switch off
While it’s important to stay informed and keep up with you school work, make sure you take some time away from it. You should also spend some time away from social media.
Taking some slow deep breaths can help reduce anxiety levels and help you reset. Try breathing in for four counts, hold your breath for four counts and breathe out for five counts.
5. Maintain relationships
Many of us have been apart from some of our loved ones for a long time now. This can be very difficult and upsetting. Try to keep in regular contact using phone or video calls if you can. Writing letters or sending cards might also be a nice change if you’re feeling tired of video calls.
Being at home with family or flatmates may also be challenging at times. Try to talk to and respect each other if issues come up. Try to enjoy spending more time with those you live with if you can.
6. Seek support when needed
For many people, the idea of going into a stricter lockdown may feel overwhelming. You might feel sad, anxious, stressed or angry. How you feel might also change as time goes on. If you’re struggling, make sure you reach out to somebody and talk about how you’re feeling. This could be your parents or someone you live with, a teacher of someone at school or an external organisation. Below are some organisations that can help.
- Young Minds (offer support for younger people)
- MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
- Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
- Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing.