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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Mental Wellbeing

 

We all have times in our lives when we feel stressed or anxious.

In the same way that there are variety of ways to stay physically healthy, there are simple techniques to help our mental health too.

Use the links and contacts on this page to find the guidance which best supports you.If you would like someone to talk to in school, contact your Form Tutor, Student Reception, Chaplaincy Team, Head of Year or Safeguarding Team.

5 Ways to Wellbeing 

There are 5 simple steps that you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.  They can help you feel more positive and get the most out of life.

1. Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

2. Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

3. Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others

4. Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people

5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

How to put the 5 steps into practice

For ideas of how to put the 5 Steps into practice click here.

How to Keep Positive 

Feeling down? Here are some great tips to build resilience and keep those positive vibes flowing.

Lacking that spring in your step?  Here's some advice to get you leaping with purpose again.

6 steps to boost your self esteem from Young Minds

 

Helpful Websites and Apps 

Kooth is a digital mental health support service for young people aged 11 to 25 where they can access online support from a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free and there are a range of tools, such as activities and moderated chat forums that can be used to enhance young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

 

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Headspace is website of free info on different ways to meditate.  They have a free trial of their app which guides you through different techniques like the one below.

 

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