I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! Did you do anything nice? I took part in a fabulous quiz with my family for my Dad and brother's birthday. (That's my brother Alfie in the photo) I am missing them so much but I hope to see them soon.
When I really miss them, I just try to think of all the really happy times we've had and how we can have many more when it is safe to do so. I bet some of you are missing family members too. I am so grateful for technology - it has enabled us to connect which is so important for all of us to have a healthy mind.
This week is 'Mental Health Awareness Week' - and the theme is 'KINDNESS'. Across your class blogs and Purple Mash there will be a focus on 'kindness' and the importance of talking about how you feel and focusing on looking after your own mental health.
Scroll down to find out more...
What is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (mentalhealth.org)
How is Mental Health and Kindness connected? (adapted from mentalhealth.org.uk)
Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence.
I will be posting a 5-day ELSA challenge all around KINDNESS that the lovely Debbie has created for children across the world. Today - think about all the things you do today that YOU deserve a compliment for.
For example- waking up on time, conquering a tricky maths problem, being kind to your sibling etc.
You can print it out if you would like :)