As a school we believe that it is really important to look after ourselves and each other.
As a Catholic school, our faith is crucial to our wellbeing. During difficult times such as periods of school closures, we can take comfort in the words of the Bible , take time to practise our Christian meditation and pray to God. Remember to say our school prayer, keeping our St. Vincent’s family in our hearts.
We also hope that our Wellbeing pages support this by sharing the best resources and ideas.
Sleep is always incredibly important for wellbeing. Since the coronavirus pandemic, many people have found their sleep patterns have been disrupted due to stress, worry, and no longer going out to school or work. Such a disruption can especially impact children and adults who are sensitive to changes in routine. If your usual sleep patterns changed during the pandemic, be reassured that you are not alone in this. This guidance suggests ways to promote good sleep habits during the pandemic, and beyond.
Mind.org.uk have shared this research on the Five ways To Wellbeing which has been developed by the New Economics Foundation.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Engage with the school Blogs, read a new book, try one of the websites on our Home Learning page.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Try to be kind to the people you are living with and see how this has a positive impact on your wellbeing.
Physical activity is great for promoting wellbeing. Even though we are staying indoors it is important to try and have regularly exercise.
Being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being. Whilst we are currently living a slower pace of life, take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
Relationships are important and at this time we need to make even more of an effort to stay connected with our friends and family.
The main way we are doing this at school is by interacting on this website. Try to write a comment on the Blogs and the news posts so you can stay connected with your classmates and teachers.
The Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation is a conceptual framework used to teach children self-regulation and self control. This curriculum teaches children to understand how they feel and then also to use strategies or tools to help them move between zones. The Zones of Regulation categorises states of alertness and emotions into four zones.
What are the zones?
Green Zone 1 – used to describe a regulated state of alertness, e.g. feel calm, happy, focussed or content.
Yellow Zone 2 – used to describe a heightened state of alertness, but with some control, e.g. feel stressed, frustrated, anxious, excited, silly, nervous, confused and many more slightly elevated emotions (being wiggly, squirmy or sensory seeking).
Blue Zone 3– used to describe low states of alertness, e.g. feel sad, tired, sick or bored. Body/brain is moving slowly, sluggishly.
Red Zone 4 – used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness or very intense feelings, e.g. feel angry, rage, explosive behaviour, panic, terror or elation. Not being in control of one’s own body.
Children create a toolbox of strategies to use for when they feel that they are moving out of Green Zone 1 e.g. take 10 deep breaths, stay hydrated, squeeze therapy putty, count to 10 and take a movement break.
It is important to recognise that no zone is ‘bad’ or ‘good’ and we all experience them at different points.