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The World Mental Health Day

Every  Year the month October is dedicated to mental health. On the 10th October  we started our EISB school day with positive thoughts and smiles…and so we remembered The World Mental Health Day and how important it is to look after your own mental health. Beautiful sound of music, scented air and the affirmation station changed our reception area into an oasis of peace and calm. Each person boosted their positive outlook with positive affirmation drawn from the special box. Moreover, students spend 10-15 minutes at the end with relaxation activities so they can recharge for the next part of the day. Do not forget to do the same and recharge everyday!

 

 

There are lots of simple mindfulness and wellbeing activities teachers did with  pupils on that day to help them to relax and focus on the present moment.

Here are just a few ideas, which you can do anytime at home with your children. 

 

  1. Strengths spotting : This activity is all about focusing on our strengths and the positive things about ourselves. Get your students to think of 3 things that they’re good at, 3 things that they’re proud of, and 3 things that make them happy. This exercise will help boost their self-esteem and confidence essential for mental health and wellbeing. 

 

  1. Breathing exercises: Focusing on your breath is a great way to bring your attention to the present moment. You can try out different breathing exercises with your students, such as 4-7-8 breathing (breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, breathe out for 8 counts) or belly breathing (place one hand on your stomach and breathe so that your hand rises and falls with your breath).

 

  1. Sense scavenger hunt: This is a great activity for young children. Get them to pay attention to all of their senses by going on a scavenger hunt around the classroom or school grounds. They can tick things off their list as they find them, such as something that smells nice, something that feels soft, etc.  

 

  1. Five things you can see/hear/touch: This is another mindfulness exercise that is suitable for all ages. Get your students to close their eyes and think of 5 things that they can see, 5 things that they can hear, and 5 things that they can touch. This exercise will help them to focus on the present moment and notice the world around them.

5. Gratitude journal: Encourage your students to start a gratitude journal where they write down 3 things that they’re grateful for each day. This could be anything from having a delicious dinner to being able to play with their pet dog. Focusing on the positive things in our lives is a great way to boost our mental wellbeing.

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