CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Children Mental Health Awareness Week 1-7 February 2021 DAY 4

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

CMH week 2021

Physical Wellbeing

physical wellbeing

Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This is sometimes called developing emotional resilience. Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to cope with things on a day to day basis or when facing something challenging. Resilience isn't a personality trait – it's something that we can all take steps to achieve.

Taking steps to look after your physical health and wellbeing can help you to look after your mental health and reduce feelings of stress.  

top  tips

Get enough sleep : Stress can often make it difficult to sleep and can cause sleep problems. Getting enough sleep can help you feel more able to deal with difficult situations. Regularly not having enough sleep every night results in chronic sleep deprivation. This can have a dramatic effect on your life; it will impact on your mental well-being, increase your risk of depression, anxiety and low self- esteem. It can also affect your academic ability to function in school with difficulty concentrating, poor memory and decision making or your physical ability for sports/activities can be affected. Typically your brain will want to stay up late at night and sleep in the morning, which is usually hard to manage around school/college. You will able to adjust your body clock but it will take time.  More top sleep tips can be found here

Be active : Being physically active is important for both our physical and mental health. Even making small changes such as going for a regular walk outside may help you to feel less stressed. Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more! This doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. There are lots of different things you can do to be a bit more active. Find an activity you enjoy and make it even more fun; listen to music while you do it or attend a class with a friend or family member, play an active computer game, do an online activity programme, run up the stairs every time, get outdoors, gardening, dance!

Everyday activity, such as walking or cycling to the shops or school or work, is a great way to get active easily. There is a greater chance of success if you build physical activity into your daily routine. 

Mind's physical activity and your mental health

Eat healthily : When you're stressed, it can be tempting to skip meals or eat too much of the wrong kinds of food. But what you eat, and when you eat, can make a big difference to how well you feel. Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Choosing a healthy, nutritious diet can help you look and feel your best. Get into good habits - don’t skip breakfast as it provides energy to kick start the day, therefore making it the most important daily meal. Eat together when you can, try to organise the day around 3 meals to help keep routine and give the chance to talk as well as eat! Instead of eating a large lunch and dinner, try eating smaller portions spaced out more regularly throughout the day. Avoid foods which make your blood sugar rise and fall rapidly, such as sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks, and alcohol.

We all have good days and bad days; we all have foods we like more, or like less. But there is a connection between feeling fine and the foods we have eat with some foods making us feel grumpy. So try and plan your diet for a good mood 😊 

If you want any more information, support or advice go to:

Carlisle and Eden Mind 

E-School Nurse - 5-19 Public Heath

Active Cumbria

Move for your mood!

Movement is so important for everyone right now, whether you are working or doing on-line learning at home why not take just a few minutes out to join in with Andrea and 'move for your mood'

Express Yourself Entries

Here are some of the entries we’ve had from Cumbrian children and young people, showing and telling us about what’s helped them during COVID.

louie & daniel

It's not too late if you want to submit an entry.  In Cumbria, we are asking children, young people and others to share with us the ways they express feelings, and thoughts about what has helped them cope or what they have learned in this time from the COVID pandemic or maybe what they wished they had known at the start. there are a numbers of ways to get involved. 

  • draw a picture
  • write a poem
  • produce a short piece of writing (200 - 400 words)
  • make music, write a song (audio only)
  • send us a photo of an object that helped you cope with ups and downs (something you made; your goldfish; houseplant; favourite book/game)

Please send your contributions in digital format to by the end of Thursday 4th February. All entries received will be entered into a prize draw