Across the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, we are wholeheartedly committed to providing the highest standard of pastoral care to all of our students and staff, and this is even more important whilst we are at home without our usual support networks.
We are mindful of the effects that lockdown may be having on both our pupils and their families as well as colleagues, and so we have provided some blogs and ideas for maintaining your mental wellbeing, as well as some important contact details if you are concerned or need some extra support.
This is a resource for all, providing information and practical guidance to anyone who wishes to access this facility, including those worried about the emotional wellbeing and mental health of a child, family member or colleague.
There are some wonderful pieces of advice, including the importance of posture, dealing with insomnia and staying motivated whilst dealing with coronavirus. We hope you find the support you need, and please stay safe and well during these unprecedented times until we are back together again in person.
Our Head of Counselling at Warwick School, has written a number of articles, predominantly aimed at young people, with helpful tips across a wide range of subjects that may be of help, even more so during lockdown.
John Gretton "Jocko" Willink is an American author, podcaster, and retired naval officer who served in the Navy Seals
Recommended Book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Discipline-Equals-Freedom-Manual-Mk1-Mod1/dp/1250274435 Examples of discipline equals freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoEv5PxrDvs Jocko also has a podcast ( please note some may find episode hard going) https://jockopodcast.com/
Jocko also has children’s books which are fantastic - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Way-Warrior-Kid-Wimpy-Navy/dp/1250151074 and a great podcast for children https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/warrior-kid-podcast/id1371964204
Timothy Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, and podcaster. Not only does he have some great books - the 4-hour chef and Tribe of Mentors, he also has a great podcast where he interviews a variety of people who are at the top of their fields. https://tim.blog/podcast/
Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller. Check out his books & podcasts https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/
Practising gratitude - here is a Gratitude Meditation to try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfD4HaBBc0I
Tony Robbins talks about state change and plays upbeat music and gets everyone up and moving, at all his seminars. Why not give it a try to play your favourite upbeat songs and dance like nobody is watching! Create a playlist and share with friends!
Rucking, one of the main forms of exercise everyone is doing at the moment is walking. Try this, add some weight before you go walking this could be a weighted vest, a rucksack with bottles of water or any item you can find to add weight, also you could add wrist and ankle weights, This makes your walking much more challenging! If you’re out with your children or partner do some piggyback carries as far as you can.
Exercise rooms, pick an exercise for each room in your house, every time you enter that room you do 5/10 reps of that exercise. See how many reps you end up doing in one day.
Feeling really energic how about using an animal walk to move around the house/garden! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14BjRxE7f1o
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.
You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like nobody’s listening and live like its heaven on earth.
William W. Purkey
Here are some useful links to video clips which if you have the time are well worth a watch:
Self-improvement and Mindset
Life is better when you’re Laughing
Health and Nutrition
Hydration start the morning right! Drink 1 pint of water (filtered or mineral) add the juice of half fresh lemon and pinch of sea salt.
This week, try and eat 8 different vegetables every day.
Never food shop when hungry! When doing your food shopping always eat before you go, this will decrease the chances of buying unhealthy food, especially when on offer.
Animal walks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14BjRxE7f1o The workout, pick 3 or more and spend 10-20 minutes on them, you will soon find any weaknesses!
For those with limited time try, Grease the grove! Pick 3 exercises, do 1 set every 1-2 hours throughout the day. Only do 30%-40 of your maximum reps for that exercise. Example if you can do 10 push-ups do 3 or 4.