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Well-being and Mental Health

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines wellbeing as the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy, but what does that actually mean? The idea of each aspect differs for each individual.  At Gwyn Jones, we define 'wellbeing' as a state in which every individual feels inspired and empowered to have their voice heard and reach their own potential. We aim to create a safe  and supportive environment where children can cope with the normal stresses of life as well as equipping them to be life long learners.  We understand that emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life.

 

The Gwyn Jone's family bouquet

Thank you to everybody who took part in our Gwyn Jones family bouquet project.  It was lovely to receive so many beautiful flowers from you all and together we have made the perfect flower arrangement outside the front office.  So many feelings have been felt during this time, some similar, some different but no matter what, we are not alone and together we make the Gwyn Jone’s family bouquet.  

We made it, have a lovely Summer!

We have made it to the last day of term and what a strange term it has been!  This has been a very unusual and unsettling time for us all and although I’m sure there has been many mixed emotions over this period, we have made it to the finish line and for that you should all feel incredibly proud of yourselves.  We cannot be certain of what September has in store for us but we can be sure that we will be going through it together.  Try not to focus too much on what may or may not happen and focus on the present.  Click on the image below to watch a clip that I think really shows the importance of enjoying the here and now.

Have a lovely summer and we look forward to welcoming everybody back in September.

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Each unique flower makes the Gwyn Jones family Bouquet

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the majority of the children will be continuing with learning from home.  We understand how difficult this whole experience is and how it can be hard to stay happy and motivated when we can feel so disconnected from each other.  

 It has been suggested that art has the power to make you feel good and can help boost our wellbeing.  Studies have suggested that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and long-term positive effect on moods. Due to this, we thought it would be a nice idea for the children to take part in a whole school art project to create and decorate one paper flower.  The project involves the children to think about their own feelings during this unsettling time and write their feeling on a tag and tie it to the stem of the flower.  The idea is to show that each flower has a different feeling about this time, however we all make up the Gwyn Jones family bouquet.  Below is how you could make your flower but you do not have to make it in this way. 

We may be physically apart but we are all together at heart heart 

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The power of kindness

18-24th May was Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme was kindness. The week was about encouraging young people to look after their own wellbeing and support others with theirs.  Research has shown that kindness and mental health are deeply connected.  

As the UK faces a global coronavirus pandemic, things can feel a little uncertain and even overwhelming. But, during these difficult times, one thing is clear: small acts of kindness make a big difference.

Below is a power of kindness calendar  that can be used to record daily acts of kindness.  Your child can then use this to reflect back on all they have achieved. There is also a supporting document that can help your discussion around kindness.  

Another activitie you could do with your child is decorate or write a message on a rock (any size) to brighten up someones day .  Once you have decorated your rock, you could leave it somewhere in your community so that others could see it and feel happy and positive.  

Enjoy sharing kindness and don't forget to be kind to yourself.  heart

Online Resources

Calming suggestions

We recognise that with the current situation, both you and your children may feel apprehensive.  It is completely understandable to be anxious right now and we want you to know that you are not alone.  Below are links you may find useful to help you and your child to relax.

1. Hand or star breathing- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAldSdx-jps&feature=youtu.be

2. Sensory, grounding, soothing and regulating box- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XyxqWiqLk0&feature=youtu.be

3. Muscle tensing and releasing tool- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbhUxg9eHDE&feature=youtu.be

4. Left and right body breathing- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHwiqovPrXY&feature=youtu.be

5. Rhythm and butterfly breathing- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6z6TJ1wQDM&feature=youtu.be

6. Externalising worry through worry dolls, worry plaques etc - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q-EoWSJQJg&feature=youtu.be

7. Soaking in a positive moment- you might like to write a gratitude diary or keep a sparkle moments jar or book/box etc- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRiQixmqcXI&feature=youtu.be

8. Creating a self sooth box - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/how-to-make-a-self-soothe-box/

Be kind to yourselves, you're doing a great job!

 

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Stay connected

In the past few weeks, there has been a huge change to life as we know it. Being in isolation has created new challenges, including being away from our friends and family.

This time is especially hard and taking care of our mental health is needed now more than ever.  

Why not make an extra special effort to stay connected with your loved ones.  Perhaps you could organise a virtual quiz or tea party?  It could just be a phone call to let someone know they are loved.   

Stay connected, we're all in this together heart

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