Kindness and its impact on wellbeing
In this edition of the newsletter Wellbeing Update we take a closer look at what builds and sustains our wellbeing in these challenging times for schools and their communities. You might think straight away that meditation, exercise or just enjoying something you love like singing, reading or kicking the footy around is the trick to maintaining your wellbeing. And you’d be right! Taking time to reflect and think about how to nurture our own needs are important steps in managing our wellbeing.
However, as we continue to navigate a path through this pandemic and the restrictions, it might surprise you to know that feeling well and happy can be boosted by doing things for others. Have you heard of the expression “random acts of kindness”? Being kind, giving care, support and comfort to someone else actually brings great benefits to the giver. Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins, which are hormones within our body that help lower blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Producing endorphins also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re in anxious or shy in a social situation.
Bellaire PS Remote Learning – Student Kindness Challenge
Why not plan some small things you could do to boost the happiness of someone as a way of keeping yourself strong, resilient and happy? It’s the gift that gives twice!
You don’t need a reason to be kind. Kindness is always a choice. The more you practice it, the more natural it becomes. Practice being kind each day for the next week by choosing 1-4 ideas from the lists below. You can choose from one category or all four each day. Choose your level of kindness. Feel free to Add your own ideas as well…
You may like to upload an example of you being ‘kind’ here (via a Google Form). I would love to share some of your ‘kindness’ in next week’s Newsletter.
Other Kindness Resources:
For some Kindness Ideas, check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website. You and your family might like try some of these to not only boost your own wellbeing, but also boost someone else’s.
Parents – Feel free to click on the following link to read the first chapter of The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhahn. The book challenges us to rise above culture, open our hearts, and experience the life changing benefits of kindness.
Webinars for parents and carers to help build family resilience
On Tuesday 25 August, the Department of Education and Training is presenting a free webinar for parents and carers by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, on building family resilience during coronavirus (COVID-19).
Parents and carers play a vital role in helping children feel safe through uncertain times.
Dr Carr-Gregg’s webinar is aptly named Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era.
In this webinar, Dr Carr-Gregg provides tools and strategies for parents and carers to help manage the lockdown and remote learning. Topics include:
- your supportive role
- setting the emotional tone
- focusing on what you can control
- how to deal with disappointment
- further resources and where to get help.
Dr Carr-Gregg’s presentation will run for 45 minutes. This will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session in which parents and carers can ask Dr Carr-Gregg questions.
- When: Tuesday 25 August
- Time: 7:30pm
- Duration: 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minute questions and answers session
- Format: online via Webex
- Cost: free
How to register
To register and for more information visit the Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era eventbrite page.