Mental wellbeing is rarely discussed in the classroom, which I think is partly due to the fact that the issue is still seen as a taboo topic by many. However, in my opinion avoiding the topic is only increasing the lack of understanding surrounding mental wellbeing and resilience, especially between adults and young people.
Perhaps with the Girls' Attitudes Survey finding that less than half (44%) of 11-16 year olds had talked about mental health during lesson time the Department of Education will make a commitment to improve counselling services and mental health education in schools.
Children in England are some of the unhappiest in the world (England came 14th out of the 15 countries surveyed - only South Korea fared worse). Nowhere was this more apparent than when children were asked about their experience of school, with children in England amongst the most unhappy with school life due, in part, to bullying and exclusion from their peer group.
At the moment I am getting ready (physically and mentally) to head off to Bali for a month in September to do my Yoga Teacher Training. Half of me is overwhelmed with excitement and butterflies, and the other half of me is crippled with fear.
I needed a wifi-free holiday. I was sick of feeling like an ambassador of myself! Facebook: so shallow and adolescent! Screw you, Zuckerberg! If I take a photo of this moment or a video of this concert, it means I'm not BEING HERE NOW.
Evaluate how you spend your time. Calculate how much time you use productively. Do you waste time responding to situations in a haphazard or random way? There's no merit in appearing busy for the sake of it or delivering a panic response to situations.
Life sometimes moves so fast that it's hard to keep up with the pace without feeling like your head is going to fall off. If you're reading this and you feel like you're going to to smash into a thousand tiny pieces, don't worry, here are four proven ways to help reduce your stress levels...
Sitting in a board room full of heads of nursing and other patients and their representatives, I felt scared. In fact, I felt very scared. I don't know where my courage came from but I felt I had to speak about what mattered to me. So, I spoke up. It was time to talk.
If I see an American Bald Eagle or my kids' kids doing a school play, I want to be able to tear my mind away from the velcro of mundanity (where it usually lurks) and pull focus to the only thing worth watching on earth at that moment. Even my cat Socks can focus.
Through colouring in you can focus your mind on one small task at a time, whether that is shading an area, or losing yourself in the finer details. While this is by no means a cure for stress or anxiety, it can definitely be another weapon to add to your arsenal, calming and centring your mind.
It turns out that in the long run, selling your truth for short term likability isn't such a good idea and selling your truth because you do not want to hurt the other person is also nearly always going to end up in more tears for both involved rather then less.
I see it every day. The people I work with create incredible change in their lives leading to more fulfilled relationships, greater business and financial success and a more wonderful, empowered sense of happiness than they previously have thought possible.
No one can help you except you and only you. The big yawn about this is, as with any other skill, you have to practice doing it in order to break the old habits. It's the only way you'll be able to get off cruise control and start to notice the scenery, smell the roses, taste the chocolate and hear the cry of a she-wolf.
We live in a world where we are bombarded by ideal versions of things - the media gives us constant examples of how we can be better and feeds into our deepest insecurities that we are not enough - that we need to be happier or richer, slimmer or fitter.
Daydreaming is much more important than we realise. It is nature's way of allowing the psyche to catch up with itself. If we are always in a state of 'doing' rather than simply 'being,' we are constantly receiving a plethora of impressions and information ~ all of which needs processing.
One evening, God forbid I couldn't take my phone out and map my run. I had no data free because I'd used it all up (woe is me) and my headphones weren't working. Embarrassingly, I even considered not going out for a run because seriously does it even count if I haven't mapped it on my app?