Time to Talk Day - 4th February 2021

Today is a day for you to take some time to support your wellbeing during this difficult time. Lots of us will find ourselves feeling worried, stressed or isolated in these strange times, you may feel this or you may know someone who is feeling this way. It is ok to feel that way.
 
Checking in on people is always important but during the coronavirus outbreak it is more important than ever that we feel connected to our friends and family.  For tips around how we can all support our own and others wellbeing please hit the link – https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/coronavirus

The five pillars of Wellbeing

Looking after you is really important. You can only give your best when you feel well in yourself. So today take time away from you screen to talk to people and take part in activities that make you feel good. You could start with some of these…

This is about building and maintaining quality relationships with the people you value in your life.

What can I do?
• Call a relative who you have not spoken to in a while for a chat.
• Spend some time with a family member maybe looking at family photographs.
• Cook dinner as a family working together to create something delicious.

Moving your body creates endorphins which help to make you feel happy.

What can I do?
• Go for a walk, run or bike ride outside.
• Do a PE workout with Joe Wicks or one of our PE challenges.
• Try a yoga class.

Taking time to be in the present and take notice of your surroundings.

What can I do?
• Go for a walk and take 3 pictures of the most interesting things you see.
• Spend 5 minutes just listening to the sounds of your house, not thinking about the sounds, just hearing them.

We often feel good when we do something to help others.

What can I do?
• Make and send a card to a friend or relative who you miss and let them know.
• Sign up to a virtual charity fundraiser (make sure you ask permission first).
• Offer to help someone at home.

When we do things that are new our brains create new pathways and this keeps us excited and interested. What can I do? • Read a book on a subject that interests you but you know nothing about. • Find our 10 interesting facts about the place you live. • Learn a new football or gymnastic trick

Supporting Mental Health

If someone doesn’t feel ready to meet face-to-face, picking up the phone, having a video call, starting a group chat or messaging someone on social media lets them know you are there to talk and ready to listen.

Whether you have a mental health problem or not, this will be a challenging time for our mental health and wellbeing. If someone opens up to you, remember that you don't need to fix things or offer advice. Often just listening, and showing you take them seriously, can help someone to manage.

Ask how people are managing, and ask again if you're worried they aren't sharing the full picture. Asking again, with interest, can help someone to open up and explore what they're feeling.

Competitions

Geographers – take to the streets!

Can you go on a litter pick to help clean up your local environment?
Wear gloves and take a black bag – send in your photos and win a prize.
Make sure you get permission and go with someone.

Mrs. Chandler

Ethics, Philosophy and Religious Studies students

Take a walk through your city. Make as long a list as possible of all the things you see that tell us about Portsmouth’s religious life. For extra credit, draw any religious symbols you come across.
Send your list to Mr. Coram – longest and most varied wins a prize!

Mr Coram

English

Unsolved – Creative Writing Competition

Things you could do:

Cook family dinner

Desk Yoga

Useful Links

40 things you can do

Spending time away from your screen, going outside and moving all benefits your mental health.

Click below and see how many activities from the list you can do today. Notice which boost your mood, if they make you feel good they could become part of your daily or weekly routine.

Activities & Resources

PE with Joe

Yoga with Adrienne

Trafalgar PE Challenge