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Five Ways to Wellbeing

As a school we have focused on developing an understanding and awareness of The Five Ways to Wellbeing as a strategy to support the wellbeing of all stakeholders.

The Five ways to wellbeing are simple things that we can all do to improve our emotional health and wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

Connect: Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is.

Be active:  It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into school - perhaps with a friend – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to school
  • Organise a family sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for school in the morning.

Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby or learn about something just because it interests you.

  • Find out something about another member of your class
  • Sign up for a club
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word.

Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.

  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your friends are feeling or acting
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from school
  • Visit a new place with your family.

Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!       

  • saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
  • asking friends or family how they are and really listening to their answer
  • spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company
  • offering to help someone you know at home or school
  • volunteering in your community.