Mental Health Week was a great success with many of the students and staff helping to make it a wonderful experience for everyone in the school.
All students were included and it additionally highlighted the importance of sleeping, exercise and eating healthy.
Update to Mental Health Week.
Wednesday was a surprise tea party for students! We allowed students to have tea, coffee or juice and a few biscuits and take a moment out of their busy timetables to reflect on their lives and stress techniques that can be used coming up to exam time.
Before the tea party we went through different stress techniques that can be used by students when they begin to feel stressed. One technique which I hadn’t heard before was the 7-11 breathing technique.
Breathe in to the count of 7 and then out to the count of 11. Repeat about 6 times.
After researching about I’ve discovered it’s a particular form of breathing which can be used when you are:
- Feeling stressed
- Struggling with panic attacks
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling agitated or anxious
- Suffering from “nerves” or anxiety
Why the 7 11 breathing technique works so well is that the outward count expels the majority of the air from your body. This has the effect of stimulating the body’s natural relaxation mechanism. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. A simple and effective way to do this is to use a simple counting method whilst paying attention to your breathing. Additionally, as you push more air than usual out of your body, you will find that your neck and shoulders automatically feel more relaxed and your mind feels more calm.
To keep in mind this blog was set up to enhance education through the medium of web 2,o technology – I have found out that there is a 7 11 app!
Links for the different breathing apps:
Another event which occurred during Mental Health Week was the screening of the recent Pixar success Inside Out.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_out_2015/ )
The importance of this accessible movie is having visuals were students can see that it’s ok not to be ok! You have a bumpy road through life.
There is no straight forward road in life.