We asked our teaching staff for their top tips, here are some of their answers:
Wash your hair – it always makes me feel so much more human
Spend 10 minutes every day learning something new – for example…how to: do a headstand, speak some sign language, do a French plait, make an origami bird…
Take a towel outside when the weather is dry and lie on it in the garden, like a star fish, looking up at the sky. Stay there for 10 minutes, just listening and watching the clouds/birds.
Do 30 minutes of exercise a day (a run/walk/workout/cycle)
Make videos of you participating in all the things you feel you are missing out on…that beach trip, that triathlon or surf lifesaving competition, that geography field trip/fishing trip with dad…it will make you laugh!
Phone a friend
“It is important to ‘eat well and cook from scratch’ – fresh home cooked food will help us protect ourselves from infection and also gives a positive focus to sit down and eat together as a family.”
“This is an amazing breathing technique: https://drchatterjee.com/5-breathing-techniques-help-reduce-stress/ Pilates is also great – again it focuses on breathing (I listened to an interesting Podcast on Pilates over the weekend, which spoke about the link between Pilates and lung strength, which is obviously important at the moment). There are numerous videos available on YouTube.”
“Have daily exercise – whether that is a family walk or a workout at home (inside or in the garden). All the pupils can find ideas on Moodle in the Physical Education section. I have also found daily yoga can help your mental state – you can download an app called “Down Dog” for free if you are a teacher or student.”
“It is important to get a balance each day, between achieving something, connecting with others and doing something you enjoy, and differentiate your worries between those that are real (and you can do something about) and those that are hypothetical. This is a site with lots of free, online resources at: https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home“
“Do what you can to ensure your physical environment supports you – think about what should be present (to enable study, including necessary technology) and also what should be absent (including unnecessary technology!).
Do what you can to keep a regular and familiar routine
Don’t’ spend all day in pyjamas! Have a professional mindset – and enjoy changing mindset at the end of the school day!
Celebrate achievements! Remind yourself what you have achieved regularly – the end of each day, the end of the week, the end term, etc. It’s important to celebrate what has been achieved!
Talk to people every day, whether you are feeling great or not, or on top of things or not. It might just be that the person you speak to really needs to speak with you.
Eating, sleeping and regular exercise are important!
It’s a marathon not a sprint, for you and for those around you, so think about the expectations you have of yourself and others about when things get done and how you ask for what you need.
“There is a good mindfulness website at mindfulnessinschools.org, also the lady who did Tai Chi on our Wellbeing Day has sent me this link for online sessions: www.seahorsearts.co.uk/register-for-online-classes”
“One thing I have found helpful with my own children, particularly as we don’t have enough laptops to go round, is to spend a bit of time the night before working out what will be needed for each lesson the next day, then you can prioritise the laptop use. By getting everything ready- worksheets printed or summarised, getting text books together etc, it makes it easier to get the most out of each lesson and helps to prevent wasted time as well.”
“Optimise your mind in the morning- Remember your dreams as your mind during the nights doesn’t shut off – write them down when you wake up – source in inspiration and creativity
Make your bed, start with a win, helps you feel positive at the start and end of the day
Brush your teeth, with the opposite hand to your dominant hand, to activate your brain (similar principle to how juggling helps build brains)
Drink a large glass of water (with lemon squeezed if you prefer)
Take a shower – recommended to take a cold shower to stimulate your creativity (basis of cold therapy)
Make a herbal tea- to include gingo bilabo, turmeric with black pepper etc
Brain nutrients -Include omega 3 and vitamin B in your diet as your body does not produce it – this is found in salmon, sardines, coconut oil (MCT)
Make a green smoothie – avocado, cucumber, celery, water, blueberries, spinach or kale, broccoli, walnuts, very dark chocolate (cocoa), chia seeds, flaxseeds (ground), spirulina (can be found cheaply at ALDI ground)
Eat raw food diet ie non processed foods, avoid all fast food – build your immune system
Read a book a week to help you process information and save time
Avoid touching your phone first thing – trains for distraction and reactivity, if you have a negative message then it will put you in a bad mood – instead journal – set 3 targets that you want to achieve for the day
Meditate for 20 minutes every morning/ mindfulness/ visualisation/ affirmations/yoga etc are all good
Exercise – 10 – 30 minutes – take your daily exercise – get your heart rate elevated and sweat – Joe Wicks at Bodycoach youtube site at 9am is fun or go for a run/bike ride/ power walk/ gymnastics/trampoline jumping/ football in the garden/ whatever works for you
Lesson activities set – stick to 20 to 25 minutes then do 2-3 minutes of exercise”
Ms Louise Udry (Biology teacher- adapted from my own routine)