If a child struggles to think, concentrate or process information then they'll gradually slip further and further behind (Lehrer, J. 2010).
Which is clearly a concern for many schools, teachers and education officials because this is the exact thing children need to be able to do inside a classroom...
Now, when you throw mental ill health into the mix the whole learning process gets even harder.
Simple - kick out all the kids...
OK so I get that this probably won't be the best plan of action if you're a teacher.
We both know that no matter how much you might want to do this you're gonna have to keep them in the class.
So, what can you do?
Are you struggling with mental ill health?
Have you forgotten what it's like to not worry, feel overwhelmed or just plain fed up with where you are right now?
Do you find that no matter what you do to move forward, life seems to take one giant wallop and you're back on your bum in the mud wondering how to get back up again?
Whoo - it's day 1 of this years mental health awareness week.
Now, for the past few years the mental health foundation has been looking at both the causes of mental ill health and trying to raise awareness of different types of mental illness.
But, this year they've decided to do something different.
If you've been putting off getting out and about don't delay any longer!
May is national walking month & there's so much going on to help get you in the mood & when I say that - I really mean it!
Walking is one of the best things you can do to combat a depressive mood & the best thing - its FREE!
Yup, I know – I couldn’t believe this was the title of a news article.
I genuinely thought that it was a joke.
I thought my sister was having a bit of a post baby Facebook meltdown (she gave birth 8 weeks ago).
There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of different articles about wellbeng and how you can do some really simple things to improve your own, or someone else's wellbeing.
Heck, I've even written a few!
But, the problem is - wellbeing is not easy to measure.
Well, don’t these things seem to come around really quickly?
I could have sworn we’ve only just celebrated stress awareness month!
But seriously, did you know this has been going since 1992?
Obviously, I know that stress has been around since way before 1992 (it is after all a completely natural response programmed into every cell in our body …)
If you've been AWOL the past few days you may have missed the fact it's World Autism Awareness Week #WAAW2017.
Don't worry because the USA has dedicated the whole of April to Autism Awareness so you can always jump in on that :)
Now, please bear with me through the post as some of the things you'll read may seem a little out there and may even stir up some deep routed eye rolling but I promise the end will absolutely be worth waiting for.
Well for starters we all have mental health.
Some people however, are going through a period of mental ill health.
& according to research most people will experience a period of mental ill health during their lifetime.
(Sorry this really does mean if you've been mentally healthy until now tomorrow may not be quite so great...)
Ok, I get it.
You're a little dubious to the whole essential oils thing.
I don't blame you.
I was the biggest skeptic going until September 2015 and I even gatecrashed an educational workshop to shut the whole farcical operation down...
Before I get into the 'why', it's probably a good idea for me to quickly get into the 'what'.
As in - what is emotional wellbeing?
Well, emotional wellbeing is simply the level of emotional health an individual has.
Well, isn't that the 'million dollar question'!
OK, so maybe not...
But it's definately something I get asked all the time & would love to be worth $1 million.
Just imagine all the fantastic things we could do with that money to help people!
So, you might think that suicide is a bit of a hefty subject for a Friday afternoon but for me at least there are no 'right-times' to bring up the subject.
While I appreciate as a topic of conversation it that can cause sideways glances and hushed tones, in the wider scheme of things it really should be on everyone's agenda.
It's been a few months since I said the 'S' word & after sitting in the local strategy meeting this afternoon I realised it's something I definitely should be saying more often.
OK, what's really important to realise about motivation is that there are two types; internal and external.
Internal motivation is when the individual is motivated to do something because they want to and external motivation is when an individual is motivated to do something because something external has incentivised them.
Well it depends.
It depends on what 'cost' you're talking about do you mean to the individual, to the business or to the UK economy as a whole?
Just in case you're really not sure here's all three!
Before you read on I want you to take just a moment to really think about whether you really want to know.
Because in all honesty it isn’t pretty.
If you’re like me when I watch horror films I do it while peaking from behind a pillow - because you just have to know.
You can choose to leave this post and go back to living in ignorance.
Or you can read on and find out the shocking truth...
This sentence is your pillow.
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It's really easy to get tied up in the 'parenting' of being a parent but then end up not paying attention to what you're actually doing as the parent.
In business there's a great phrase called 'fire-fighting' used to describe leaders who spend their whole time running around after problems there's never any time to sit back, plan & develop any solutions.
I going to just throw the title of the blog post back at you for a moment & ask you why you think it isn't important?
I mean - surely looking after your physical and mental health is at the top of your agenda because unless your fit and healthy then nothing else really matters.
OK, so let’s go right back to the beginning again because it seems despite all the hard work of many upstanding individuals the fact that stress is bad (and I mean really bad), is just not quite sinking in with many people.
Mainly, the people who either aren’t stressed, or those who are pretending that they’re not stressed.
To be honest, most the time people just don’t realise they are stressed.
I mean, would you truly know that you’re stressed if you’ve been stressed since you were a teenager?
That’s pretty much when it starts to kick in for everyone.
While you’re desperately trying to remember everything you have learned since you first started school and successfully regurgitate it in an hour to a high standard...
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OMG, I can't believe it's been a year!
If you missed out last time then here's your chance to make up for it :)
It's really easy to get involved - and it's so simple to get the conversation flowing.
Now, you may think that this is a really weird question for me to ask but here me out.
I joined the gym the other day (even though I have been resisting since I last joined and gave up 2 years ago...).
It's costing £34 a month.
Before I jump in, why don’t we just flip this on its head and have a look at what employee disengagement looks like.
If you’re at work right now, take a sneaky peak at all the people around you. I’m sure you’ll be able to spot at least one person who ticks a few of these boxes:
Slouching, low mood, staring blankly into space, always making tea/coffee, first to complain, often late, needs constant reminding to do their job, and every time you get near them it feels as though they’ve just stolen all your energy from you...
Engaged employees are the direct opposite. Now, I wonder if you can spot anyone who’s:
Excited every morning, loves helping others, forever going above and beyond the call of duty, always on time, never complains or moans, hyper productive, and lifts everyone in the office by just being there.
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I promise Dr Google really doesn’t have all the answers on this one.
Neither do most of those parenting books you’ve been avidly reading since your children were just tiny little dots on a scan.
Now, don’t get me wrong I’m not knocking either of these sources.
They can both be super helpful when you need a quick fix of information to deal with a situation in the here and now, but using these to radically transform the way your family is interacting...
So, who should you trust and where should you go to get advice?
First, trust yourself.
You are the number one expert on your child.
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