What is it?
Self-care is defined as the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness. Self-care is something all of us, including staff, parents/carers and young people should be aiming to do regularly. Self-care ensures you are partaking in activities that are meaningful to you, whether that be taking a bubble bath or playing computer games. The key is we do as much for our own wellbeing, as we do for others.
Recent statistics by YouGov (2017) have reported that those within the teaching profession are experiencing considerably higher levels of stress than other working populations. It was reported that 75% of teachers in the UK have reported symptoms of stress including- depression, anxiety and panic attacks, compared to 62% of the working population.
Couple this with research from Young Minds ‘Wise Up’ paper (2017), who explored the stress levels of school leavers. They found that a shocking 90% of school leavers reported an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety and stress over the past 5 years.
SHARE is passionate about encouraging the whole school to embed self-care practices, in order to reduce the numbers of people experiencing stress within the school environment.
What do we offer?
Workshops to staff, parent/carers and students
Making stress relief objects
Creating self-care plans - Alpiri Coaching & Safety Plan for Young People (also for use by adults supporting a young person that can be completed together).
An introduction to practicing mindfulness
We are not experts and you don’t have to be either! Our role is to SHARE ideas and activities to promote mindfulness practice.
What is it?
A state of non-judgemental awareness of what is happening in the present moment, including the awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings and senses.
MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” centre, the amygdala, appears to shrink. Mindfulness has also been shown to improve brain interconnection and self-regulation (Tang, Lu, Fan, Yang, & Posner, 2012).
Studies have shown the potential benefits of mindfulness for adults and children include:
Decreased stress and psychological distress in adults
Enhanced mental health and functioning
Increased emotional regulation and self-control
Decreased anxiety, depression, worry and rumination.
Enhanced academic achievement in student, due to improved ability to focus and improved attention
Reduced symptoms of burnout in employees
Enhanced resilience in children.
See this video from Headspace for more information on mindfulness.
Our top picks of useful resources exploring self-care:
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families On My Mind Self-Care for Young People page
Young Minds looking After yourself
Moodjuice an NHS online tool designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Appropriate for all ages.
Action for Happiness an organisation dedicated to living a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.