What is wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.  It is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. As this is the case, it is vitally important that we invest our time and energy on our wellbeing to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Our mental wellbeing is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.

More info on what wellbeing is: https://www.wellbeingpeople.com/2018/07/20/what-does-wellbeing-actually-mean/

If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:

  • feel relatively confident in yourself and have positive self-esteem
  • feel and express a range of emotions
  • build and maintain good relationships with others
  • feel engaged with the world around you
  • live and work productively
  • cope with the stresses of daily life
  • adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty

Please use the below links as ideas to stay mentally well and develop your ability to cope with the ups and downs of life:

Think about what is affecting your wellbeing: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/#ThinkAboutWhatIsAffectingYourWellbeing

Build positive relationships: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/#BuildPositiveRelationships

Take time for yourself: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/#BuildPositiveRelationships

Look after your mental health: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/#LookAfterYourMentalHealth

Look after your physical health: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/#LookAfterYourPhysicalHealth

Ask for help if you need it: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/#AskForHelp



Why Meditate?

Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.

People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.

Please read the articles below to gain an understanding how meditation could radically improve your wellbeing.

Benefits of Meditation: https://www.headspace.com/meditation/benefits

12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation


Meditation Apps:

Below are some useful meditation apps to help you with this practice. Headspace & Calm also have a children’s version too: https://www.headspace.com/meditation/kids

Headspace: Live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life in just a few minutes a day with the Headspace app. - https://www.headspace.com/

Calm: Calm is the #1 app for sleep and meditation. Join the millions experiencing better sleep, lower stress, and less anxiety. https://www.calm.com/

Abide: Listen to Biblical meditations. Sleep better and stress less with Christ. https://abide.co/


How to meditate?

If you’re new to meditation it may feel challenging at first, but the key is to stick with it. You only need to spare 5 – 10 minutes a day to receive the amazing health benefits. Follow these top 13 tips to help you create a successful meditation routine: https://www.headspace.com/meditation/tips

Growth Mindset:

What is a Growth Mindset?

A mindset is the way we think about a given situation – it is the lens in which we frame the world and so in sense, how we perceive.

In a Growth Mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

In a Fixed Mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.

The infographic below shows typical responses you would hear from the both types of mindsets.


The Growth Mindset - Blog and Journal of Darren Smith














How do I develop a Growth Mindset?

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset: https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/develop-a-growth-mindset/

11 Powerful Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset with your children: https://www.mother.ly/child/how-to-build-a-growth-mindset-in-kids/7-show-them-they-dont-always-have-to-be-successful-to-be-okay

Helping Your Child to adopt a Growth Mindset: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things

If you’re looking to gain an in-depth understanding on Growth Mindset and how it could help you and your children reach your full potential, please read the book Mindset by Carol Dwek, the founder of Growth Mindset. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindset-Updated-Changing-Fulfil-Potential/dp/147213995X/ref=dp_ob_title_bk


Growth Mindset Resources:

Recommended Children’s Books:

  • I Can Be Anything – Jerry Spinelli
  • Someday – Eileen Spinelli
  • You Be You – Linda Kranz
  • Making a Splash – Carol E. Reiley
  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Stretch It, Shape It -  JoAnn Deak

For additional books there is a comprehensive list here with a short description about each book.


Mobile & Device Apps:

Desktop Apps:

Mental Up: https://www.mentalup.co/brain-games


Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources during Coronavirus:

Our mental health and wellbeing are incredibly important aspects of life that can help improve our overall health. It is vital that we prioritise these in order to cope with our daily lives. Here are some useful resources to help support you and your family during this time:


5 Pieces of Practical Advice: Talking to children about Corona Virushttps://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Talking%20to%20children%20about%20coronavirus.pdf


Top tips to help families work together and support one another: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11260/option-3-covid-advice-families2.pdf


Children’s Guide to Coronavirus: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf


How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about Coronavirus: https://youngminds.org.uk/media/3702/how-to-support-your-child_corona.pdf


Each PDF provides you with simple, practical advice that you can use right away to improve your mental health and wellbeing during this time.


General Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources & Services:


Young Minds – children and young people’s mental health charity filled with support and resources: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Mind – mental health charity suitable for all ages with information and support to find the services you need: https://www.mind.org.uk/

Samaritans - a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide: https://www.samaritans.org/

CAMHS - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service are the NHS services that assesses and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.








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