Supporting your child during isolation

Isolation has come to mean something very different to most of us over recent days and weeks. Before this outbreak most of us associated isolation with the elderly or those who couldn’t easily get out and about. Now almost all of us as self-isolating, in the...

How to help an anxious child in your class

In my last blog I discussed signs and symptoms of an anxious child, which may help you to spot children in your class who were struggling.  Being able to identify the issue is only a small part of helping the child while they are at school though. In this blog I...

How to spot anxiety in students

Anxiety in students is probably the biggest issue in our classrooms at the moment.  With 1 in 3 of our teenagers diagnosed with anxiety disorders and 7% of 3-17 year olds struggling with anxiety this is not something we can ignore.  That means that if you teach...

You can COUNT on Mindfulness

When we are asked to introduce new things into the classroom there is often an assumption that it is going to mean lots of preparation, lots of work and generally big stress!  This really doesn’t have to be the case with wellbeing and in particular mindfulness....

Meditation – It’s not what you think!

Meditation is a word that wasn’t used much when I was growing up but over the last few years it has grown in popularity to an extraordinary degree.  For years if anyone mentioned meditation we pictured someone sitting in the lotus position with their hands in a...

Saana Meditation Cushions

I love to meditate.  I have meditated all my life. Admittedly I didn’t always know that that was what I was doing. With hindsight it has always been a huge part of my mental self care.  Imagine my joy when an amazing new company, Saana Cushions, contacted me and...

Children in Need

I love Children!  There’s no hiding it. I loved children when I was no more than a large child myself. At 14 years old while my friends were raving at the school disco I was looking after the teachers’ children in the foyer. (I know, I sound so sad, but I...

Autumn Wellbeing

The clocks are changing this weekend here in the UK. For a few days at least the mornings will be slightly lighter but the evenings will draw in quicker too. Your Autumn wellbeing becomes a focus. Autumn is a challenging time of year. The shorter, greyer, damp days,...

Anxiety in Teenagers

Imagine a girl. She could be younger than you, she could be older than you. But it needs to be someone you know. You may not know them well, but you know them. Imagine the perfect student. A social outsider. She has friends, but doesn’t exactly conform to teenage...

Poverty and Wellbeing

At a time when the gap between “the haves” and “the have nots” is widening year on year. When statistics are manipulated to make us believe we are better off, yet 3.9 million children in the UK are living in poverty there is no denying that...
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