The 3 Rs
After an incredibly challenging spring term, hero teachers across the world have been using their Easter holiday to recover, recharge and relax ready for the summer term.
Here at Future Action we stress the importance of looking after your own mental wellbeing first so that you can care for your young people to the best of your ability. Just like you would put your own oxygen mask on first on an aeroplane before helping your children. One of the best ways we can do this is by focusing on our habits.
Aristotle said ‘ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit.’
Here are six key habits that will help transform you and your students' mental wellbeing:
1 – EXERCISE
Encourage your young people to be physically active for 60 minutes per day. Here at Future Action we show teachers four different categories of physical activities to transform their students' mental wellbeing in a way that meets their individual needs. We will do a blog on this in the coming weeks.
2 – SLEEP
Encourage your teenagers to get 8 to 10 hours sleep a night. We guide teachers with a range of strategies to help young people increase their sleep each night.
3 – HYDRATION
Research shows a clear link between depression and dehydration.
We show teachers a range of strategies to boost their students' hydration levels.
Did you know that foods such as walnuts, tuna, turkey and oranges are just some of the magic foods when it comes to what we eat when we want to boost our mood?
Our Online teacher training course goes into this in a lot more detail to help you teach your young people.
5 – MINDFULNESS
Practising mindfulness is a great way for young people to boost their mental well-being.
We encourage teachers to teach their students six different methods for practising mindfulness so students can find a method that works best for them.
6 – SOCIAL MEDIA
Reducing social media usage and experiencing the real world is a great way to help your students boost their mental well-being. At Future Action we guide teachers so that they can teach their students about how social media companies operate and what they can do to take control of their screen time in a more balanced way.
What habits do you need to focus on?
Our founder Neil Moggan has just returned from a family holiday in the Middle East where he focused on increasing his sleep & exercise, and reducing his social media usage to refill his self care cup ready for a busy summer term.
We would love to know what self care habits you focused on this Easter holidays.
The Rise Up Roadmap
Here at Future Action our online teacher training course shows expert teachers how to help young people self reflect and improve their habits and embed new ones to protect and build their mental well-being.
It has been scientifically proven that it takes 66 days to embed a new habit, we steer great teachers to teach their students a process of how to integrate these into their lives.
This is step six of our nine step Rise Up Roadmap for our Early Intervention Mental Wellbeing Programme for students aged 11-18.
Our online teacher training course contains editable resources to save your busy teachers time, and enable them to adapt resources to the needs of your students.
It is ideal for your Wellbeing leads, RSHE leads, Physical Education teachers and any member of staff who wants to equip themselves with a range of early intervention skills so that they can make a difference.
The RISE Up Scorecard
The complimentary RISE Up scorecard has been created to help your school identify the areas you need to focus on to transform the wellbeing of your students.
You'll be scored in the following key categories :  Activities - a range of physical activities are a fantastic way to transform your students' mental wellbeing by incorporating trauma informed practice.
 Mental Fitness - using positive psychology to transform your students' confidence and reduce their anxiety.
 Habits - embedding healthy habits and reducing unhealthy habits to enable students to self-care for their wellbeing now and long after they have left your school.
 Whole School Impact - identify areas where you can use the power of Physical activity to have whole school impact.
Test your school’s wellbeing provision in 3 minutes by answering 19 simple questions. You will receive your own personalised report with top tips to enhance the quality of your provision to transform the wellbeing of your students and staff.
Taking this super quick quiz will arm you with the information you need to take your school’s early intervention wellbeing programme to the next level. It will give you a way to benchmark your progress in this vital area over the next year.
We would be delighted to go through the answers you have provided in your scorecard and explore different ways we can enhance your schools wellbeing provision in partnership with you.