Five Ways to Wellbeing Teacher Resource

Five Ways to Wellbeing Teacher Resource



but I want to show you today is there's five ways to well being that you can use just through your life like all the time but that you can particularly think about if you are feeling down and they will help you feel better because well-being and Happiness are quite similar the five ways to well-being came out of an initiative of the New Economics foundation whose motto is economics as if people and the planet mattered so they did some research around what it is that maximizes and enhances the well-being of communities and individuals and they discovered that I guess there are five platforms that we can build well-being on and they are relationships physical activity keeping on learning awareness and also giving so out of that research they developed the five ways to well-being and they are a set of actions and behaviors that when practiced can enhance individual's well-being and also the well-being of communities for the inner circle people who just put their hands up you are going to ask your partner a question the question you're going to have all day and every day the five ways would be happening in the classroom and I think you've teachers a mindful of that they can point out when a student is for example connecting really well or they've they noticed someone doing something kind for somebody else in the classroom which fits into the fifth way which is giving so it's a really easy and neat way to work with ideas around well-being so that is that something you knew about each other before now okay so can you see that there's a bit of an extra connection there between you now you know you're the first of five ways is connect pretty clear connect with your family friends neighbors the people around you in your community but I think it's also important to be mindful of why you're doing that why are you connecting it's because they are the building blocks of your good well-being they're the things that get you out of bed every day and keep you going the connections that you make with the people and of course connecting goes on all the time in the classroom and if you're thinking about introducing the five ways to well being into your room think about all those connecting games that you play with kids say at the beginning of the year to get them to know each other a bit better and to know you're a bit better those things don't have to be left behind after the first few weeks of term you could be continuing those connecting kinds of activities and games over the whole year really and I think also you could be mindful and notice when kids are doing good connecting so it's really about integrating the the language I suppose of the five ways into the classroom connected to our teacher because he's funny anything else feeling well I'm connected to a really good friend because I just feel really comfortable around her and really safe and we have a lot in common I think I'm connected with Kayden because we're both not that good at 40 foot week first so the second way is be active again pretty common sense pretty obvious we know heaps about how important it is to be active for our physical well-being but we're discovering more and more about how about the importance of physical activity for our emotional well-being as well in relation to adults we know that some physical activity has a really positive effect on somebody who's depressed there's not as much evidence around that for children and young people but you know yourself if you're someone that does a bit of exercise it's a mood lifter when you look at the five ways to well-being you go oh really that's pretty common sense but not everybody gets these messages and sometimes kids who are struggling the reason for the struggles might be at least partly because nobody has ever articulated this stuff and one of the things that I've always tried to do as a mental health promotion worker is exactly that articulate things to children and young people actually tell them that can is a really good way of going about your life that giving actually changes things for you that taking notice is a really important thing to do and will also affect your well-being and if we tell all of the kids this stuff but especially the kids who are struggling I think it can it can have it can have an effect and it can make a difference take notice the third of the five ways to well-being I think this is one of the most important ones and possibly one of the ones that the that children and young people can have a bit more trouble getting hold of but it's really about noticing your surroundings noticing the beauty around us noticing other people noticing what you're feeling being conscious I think is the thing not going through life in a kind of a half shutdown mode and this is important because it again it affects our internal state and I think the other two words to use in relation to take notice are savoring and gratitude so if we save at the positive moments in our lives they kind of have a longer life if you like and if we are grateful for the positive things and the good things that happen in our lives that also enhances our well-being kind of capture like kind of their hectic surroundings of the market I wonder if this koala has many babies and so this is not to say that negative or difficult things don't happen in people's lives of course they do but what we know is that if we can find something to be thankful for or something to savor even in those really difficult times it actually helps us get through them okay so keep learning yes you do need to do all that to get you good grades but remember we're talking about the five ways to well-being so what's the connection between keeping on learning and will be well keep wedding doesn't just have to be like it's cool he can keep worrying about like new things about your friends and yeah that's right so that's keep learning the fourth of the five ways unfortunately when I raise this the children and young people are generally able to agree that they do learn stuff at school but it's also about accepting a challenge it's about thinking about I've always wanted to learn to ride a bike or I've always wanted to learn to cook Thai food or whatever it might be so it's about continuing to learn throughout our lives well I think that winning isn't just about winning like at school way educational weight is winning from your friends and learning about your friends the thing that we found out about giving is yes it makes the people who have been given to feel better but we've actually discovered that the givers so the volunteers the people that are doing the giving get as much if not more out of doing that then the people who are given to the fifth way of well being is called giving and I think that this one is really important in terms of enabling children and young people to understand that how they behave does affect the well-being of those around them and of the community that they live in so when you say thank you or when you smile just smile at someone or when you volunteer to do something for somebody else you're enhancing your own well-being but you are also putting that stuff out so it kind of comes a full circle because when you're giving into your community you're practicing that connection idea into your community and enhancing as I said enhancing your own well-being as well as the well-being of those around you give that naturalist we're not talking about giving in the classroom and raise this one with the kids we often start with what do we give from what do we receive and we'll get the presents and the stuff and Christmas and birthdays so you have to dig a little bit deeper to get them to start to think about hugs and love and even a little bit further to get them to think about volunteering particularly primary school kids who are not necessarily engaged in any kind of volunteering so I might ask about parents have you got parents in the SES or do you have a parent who volunteers for the canteen or does mum or dad come into here reading at the school and so we can talk about that idea of volunteering and giving back to the community I would really encourage anybody who wants to introduce the five ways into their classroom to use their own imagination and their own toolkit for introducing these ideas to the children and young people it's going to be more authentic and I think also it enables you to be more explicit about what you're doing if you're doing it from your own self and your own understanding of your kids and what you and your kids do well together you

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