As we know, if we want to get better at something, we need to practise. Our wellbeing is no different.
Here are some simple ideas to help you practise Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy every day. Because the more you practise, the better you will feel.
10, 3, 2, 1 FOR BETTER SLEEP
If you want to have a productive day, it starts with getting enough rest the night before. With so many
Australian’s not getting the recommended amount of sleep we know this is easier said than done.
The pie chart below has been broken up into 24 segments. Each segment represents 1 hour of your day.
Think about what a typical day for you looks like.
Colour in hours of the chart to represent how you spend your time each day.
Red – School
Blue – Sleep
Green – Work
Purple – Other commitments/sports/clubs
Black – Screens – mobile, TV etc.
1. How many hours do you have left in a day
after you account for all these things?
2. How do you normally spend those hours?
3. Are you happy with how you are spending your time?
4. Where could you make some changes?
To help you estimate your time spent on your phone, you can find this information in the settings of your device.
Free resources to help you get through the struggles of life
The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.
Everyone is different. But trying to understand how someone else is feeling by being kind and compassionate towards them doesn’t just help them to feel better. When you show empathy or do something kind for someone else, your brain releases a chemical that makes you feel happy too!
Imagine you’re the richest person in the world but you have no friends or family to share it with. You wouldn’t feel very happy, would you? Empathy helps us feel closer to other people and makes us better friends and family members. This makes us feel better about ourselves and gives us more confidence, energy and overall happiness.
When everyone refused to say Voldemort’s name in Harry Potter, it only gave him more power. It’s the same when it comes to feelings.
When you aren’t able to express your feelings, they stay bottled up inside of you until you suddenly explode. But being able to say ‘I am feeling a bit worried at the moment’ means you can do something about it before those feelings overwhelm you. You can ask for help or you can remove yourself from the situation that causing you to worry. Practicing this will allow you to cope better when things get tough in future, such as if you have a disagreement with a friend or try out something new.