As exam season comes to an end and the summer holidays inch closer, we thought now would be a great time to look at some well being tips and resources for the whole family.
- Prioritise sleep – with revision, stress and early starts, sleep might have been affected over the exam period. Now is the perfect time to rectify this and get back into good sleep habits. Lack of sleep can affect the chemical and hormone balance in our bodies, leading to feelings of stress and anxiety. Try to get into a sleep routine and stick to it,
- Stay active – whether you choose walking, running, cycling or a team sport like netball or football. Getting active is great for your mental health as well as your physical well being. Joining a running group or a local team is also a great way to get social.
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet – as we slide into summer the temptation could be to slip into bad food habits. There are so many links between what we eat and how we feel. Encourage your family to eat regular meals and pack in the fruit and vegetables where possible..
- Unplug – taking a break from phones and social media for a short time each day can help with relaxation and allow you to switch off and enjoy a change of scene.
- Talk – if you’re feeling stressed or anxious then find someone who you can talk to and share your feelings with. Waiting for exam results can be an extremely stressful time and it helps to discuss your fears with someone who you trust.
There are so many helpful resources available for young people and families. We’ve rounded up some links to sites to take a look at.
For any teachers suffering with mental health issues, we recommend visiting Education Support UK. The website and their helpline are filled with help and support for parents. Workload and work-life balance were cited as the top work-related reasons. Symptoms and issues suffered appearing similar across roles and levels of seniority, so if you’re a teacher in need of support don’t delay in reaching out.