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Wellbeing

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.

Anger and irritation

 

Anxiety

 

Low Self-Esteem

 

Sleep problems

 

Stress - what to do about it

 

Depression

 

Winter lockdown thoughts

 

Covid-19 effects on daily life

 

Procrastination and low motivation

 

Grounding techniques
Perfectionism
Bereavement and Loss

 

Managing Exam Stress and Managing Revision

Bullying

Managing Pressure and Avoiding Stress

Self Improvement and Mindset Recommendations

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/

Life is Better when you are Laughing! 
Stress Relief

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbZSe6N_BXs 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s4slliAtQU 

Fitness

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

Inspirational Quotes

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.    

Marcus Aurelius 

Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.

Bruce Lee

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

Health and Wellbeing - Lots of ideas and video clips to access here

Here are some useful links to video clips which if you have the time are well worth a watch:

Self-improvement and Mindset

Tony Robbins - stress and anxiety

Tony Robbins - Live in a Beautiful State

Tony Robbins - After this you'll change how you do everything

 

Life is better when you’re Laughing

Peter Kay - Misheard Lyrics

Michael McIntyre - All parents should see this

Peter Kay - Weddings

 

Stress Relief

Lee Holden Qi Gong morning routine

Lee Holden Qi Gong evening routine

Yoga for stress and anxiety

 

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.

Fitness

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.

Fancy a dance? MAMMA MIA dance workout