Tuesday, 12 May
How can I make it easier to return to ‘normal’?
The pressure to return to ‘normal’ after a collective trauma, like a pandemic or natural disaster, can be overwhelming. It’s okay to feel like you aren’t ready to go back.
You are not responsible for other people’s actions – only your own. Here are some things you can do to feel a bit better:
- Be kind to yourself. You are entitled to your feelings. It’s ok to feel different emotions about things going back to normal. You are human and it’s ok not to always feel your best. Engaging in some self-care and coping strategies can help!
- Focus on meeting your needs. This means reflecting on what you need in order to feel better. You can ask yourself questions such as: “What do I need right now?”, “How does this activity make me feel?”, “Is this what I want or I am only doing this for someone else?”
- Take things at your own pace. Everyone adapts to change at a different speed. Just because you might be adapting more slowly/quickly than those around you, doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong.
- Know your boundaries. Be clear with others and establish what you believe is or isn’t acceptable behaviour.
- Practice assertive communication. This means communicating your boundaries and values in a way that is both polite and firm.
Thursday, 14 May
Have you slowed down this week to pause and relax your body? We encourage you to stop, soften your forehead, unclench your jaw and relax your shoulders.
Sometimes we can hold tension in our bodies. Why not do a couple of extra stretches to loosen any muscles that may have become tight as a result of stress or worry.
Tuesday, 12 May
Mental health can be a difficult subject for many, but that’s where we can help. Black Dog Institute are hosting a community presentation that has been developed by experts and is designed to help young people by giving them knowledge and practical tools proven to:
- Build strength, flexibility and endurance to cope more effectively
- Learn how to refocus the mindset
- Recognise and feel good about the positives in life
- Reduce stress and worry
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve memory, concentration and creative thinking
- Develop life meaning and purpose statements
Thursday, 7 May
Did you know that counselling is still available to students learning at home?
Counselling will continue to be available and both Counsellors will be using Microsoft Teams to connect with students. Any students requiring an appointment should email Counselling Administration Assistant Mrs Rexina Harding [email protected] or phone 3261 1388.
Tuesday, 5 May
During this time of rapid change and uncertainty, many people may find themselves feeling overwhelmed, anxious or worried about the future. It’s important to remember that there are some things in our control that we can choose focus on, that can help to improve mental clarity and overall wellbeing.
Thursday, 30 April
Youth Beyond Blue provides information and support to help youth in Australia achieve their best possible mental health wherever they live. Their website has been established to provide information about anxiety, depression and suicide to young people in Australia aged 12–25.
If you’re feeling sad, down or anxious and these feelings have started to affect what you would normally enjoy or do, then this is a place you can find out what’s going on and what you can do about it.
Tuesday, 28 April
The Executive Director of Faith & Community, Mr Nigel Grant, has created an ‘Activity Grid’ full of mini challenges for students to incorporate into their week. The grid aims to promote character building, as well as give students the opportunity to try something new or practice some skills.
Weekly grids will be emailed directly to Year 7-12 students by Mr Grant. We encourage students to speak to their parents about which activities they will be attempting. If you child tries the ‘MasterChef Challenge’ this week, you may get to experience some tasty results!
Thursday, 23 April
Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Their monthly calendars are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.
See the April calendar below, or visit the link below to find next month’s calendar.
Tuesday, 21 April
In our student diaries there are a number of wellbeing resources provided by The Resilience Project. These include a sleep and exercise tracker, mindfulness activities and journaling prompts.
The team at The Resilience Project is excited to launch a new online platform: TRP @ Home!
With specific activities for Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary students, TRP @ Home has been designed to provide families with easy to implement learning activities and digital content linked to the The Resilience Projects key principles: Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness & Emotional Literacy.
These principles are simple to do and are supported by research that shows practising them everyday will help you feel happier and more resilient. Just like anything in life if you want to become better at something, you just need to practise!
Thursday, 2 April
We’ve almost made it! I’m sure many of you are ready for a holiday – albeit a little different to the holidays we might usually take at this time of year.
We have put together a ‘School Break Survival Guide’, full of activities you might like to encourage your children to do over the holidays. We’ve also included some useful app suggestions and contact details for various support services.
Tuesday 31 March
Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage, it would be hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself, and for those you love.
We have sourced some materials to help you manage worry and anxiety in these uncertain times. Some tips include setting a routine, practicing gratitude daily and relying on reputable news sources instead of social media for advice.