Wellbeing for Children

It is important that we look after our own and other's wellbeing. 

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is how well you feel physically and mentally. This has an impact on how motivated you are and how well you achieve. Your wellbeing is affected by lots of different things. These are home, school, your relationships, your environment and how well you use your time. 

Why is it important to look after my wellbeing?

When you have high wellbeing it means that you are free to have fun, motivated to work hard and can cope with different feelings that you experience. 

If your wellbeing is low, you might worry a lot or not feel like doing much. You might not want to speak to others and you may feel tired and upset. It might feel like you don't have control over your feelings. 

It is important that if you think that your wellbeing is low that you talk to someone and ask for help. If you see someone else with low wellbeing you should ask them how they are and seek help from a trusted adult.

You may be wondering how to make sure that you have high wellbeing.

Here are 5 ways to wellbeing that experts suggest that we do each day to keep our wellbeing high!

5 ways to wellbeing

Mental Health

Just like we have to look after our physical health, by eating healthily, keeping active, brushing our teeth and seeing the doctor if we are not well, we also have to look after our mental health. 

Mental health is our thoughts, feelings and moods. We have positive and negative feelings all of the time, but sometimes the negative feelings get too big or don't go away. This is when you will need to ask for help.

You might have low wellbeing because you need to look after your mental health. 

Many things can cause you to need help with your mental health. It is important to be able to recognise when you need help and to ask for it.

Talking mental health

Here are some websites where you can find ideas, advice or ways to get help with your wellbeing.

 

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

 

https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/feelings/

 

Wellbeing for Adults

Here you will find information about how to look after your own wellbeing. You will find what support is available locally and links to useful websites.

 

You will also find ways to support a child with their wellbeing or mental health.

What is wellbeing?

To achieve high wellbeing we should feel happy and secure in different areas of our lives. These include;

  • Physical. This includes how well we are physically. What we eat, how active we are and the amount of sleep we get, will affect our physical wellbeing. It can also include our physical environment and how well this meets our needs.
  • Emotional. This is our ability to cope with everyday life and reflects how we think and feel about ourselves.
  • Social.  This is having a sense of belonging and social inclusion. The way we communicate with others, our relationships, values, beliefs, lifestyles and traditions are all important factors of social wellbeing.
  • Spiritual. This our own meaning and purpose in life. Achieved through being connected to our inner self, to nature or even a greater power.
  • Intellectual. This includes learning new skills and tasks that we do as part of our job. It could also include ambitions and hobbies that we have.
  • Economic. This is how secure we feel about our job and income. It can incude our spending habits and how well we manage our money.

Five ways to wellbeing

Research has shown that if we do these five things on a daily basis we will have high wellbeing.

Read about the study, and other good news stories here

 https://www.thehappybroadcast.com/news/120-minutes-a-week-in-nature-for-your-healt

What can I do if I need help with my wellbeing or mental health?

The first step is to talk to someone. Your friends and family may be able to offer support or advice on how to make small changes that could improve your wellbeing. 

 

You may need to speak to your employer so that they can support you at work.

  • If you are a member of staff at QPA you can click on the link on the briefing to ask for support, or speak to your line manager.

 

If your wellbeing doesn't improve or you feel that you need support with your mental health there are services that can help you.

  • You can visit your GP- they will be able to refer you to appropriate support in Bedfordshire. 
  • Visit the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service by clicking Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better. You can self refer and the website is available in different languages. 
  •  You can get in touch with Mind BLMK https://www.mind-blmk.org.uk/ who offer support groups and peer support alongside other services.
  • The Hub of Hope will show you local services in and near your postcode. https://hubofhope.co.uk/   
  • If you work at QPA or in education elsewhere, you can go to the Education support website https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/Here you will be able to access advice and a free helpline. 

Websites

Here are some websites that offer ideas about how to stay well;

https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ 

This NHS website has advice, activities and links to apps to help you to be active or lose weight.

 These websites offer some free resources and support.

https://www.talkspace.com/blog/coronavirus/ 

Talkspace coronavirus hub has videos and tips related to a range of topics linked to wellbeing, particulary during the coronavirus pandemic. 

https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath

Calm offer some free meditations and do some live meditation events.

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19?utm_campaign=later-linkinbio-headspace&utm_content=later-5911238&utm_medium=social&utm_source=instagram

Headspace offer free meditations and advice on a range of topics.

 

Support for children

If you are worried about your own children's health and wellbeing you can;