If you want to learn to ride a skateboard or get better at maths, you need to practise. It’s the same when you want to feel happier!
Here are some easy ideas to give Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy a try every day. Because the more you practise, the better you will feel.
Activities to try this month
An activity that is fun, creative, mindful AND leaves you with a cute gift that you can give to a friend or family member after? Let’s give Origami a try!
Coming from Japanese culture, Origami is the art of folding paper to create different shapes, objects and animals. A little bit like mindful colouring, you need to focus on the present moment and keep your attention on one thing at a time while making Origami. This can help calm your mind and relax your body (while still having heaps of fun!).
The best part about Origami is that it doesn’t matter if you can’t do it perfectly each time. It’s about practising and focusing on the paper — how it looks, what it feels like, what shape it’s becoming.
Getting nice and sweaty with daily exercise and physical activity isn’t just good for your physical health. It can actually help you sleep better, boost your mood and energy levels, and even improve your concentration in other areas like school work and music lessons!
You should aim to do 60 minutes of exercise each day. This can include playing games at recess and lunch, joining an after-school sport, and walking with your pets or family.
Hold onto your hats and get ready to giggle — it’s time for GEM TV starring the outrageously energetic Martin Heppell! Each episode explores a different evidence-based principle linked to positive mental health — Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness, Emotional Literacy and Connection — while being fun and engaging for children in primary school and younger.
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