Free Well-being Resources for Young People During COVID-19 Pandemic

School closures, lockdown and the current worldwide health emergency are undoubtedly causing additional stress and anxiety amongst many young people, parents and educators. An increased amount of time together in confined spaces and home schooling/remote teaching & learning is a reality for many of us. Ideas and activities to support and boost young people’s well-beingContinue reading “Free Well-being Resources for Young People During COVID-19 Pandemic”

Movement and Exercise

Movement and exercise have long been recognised as beneficial to our physical health, reducing the risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and improving the quality of our sleep. Physical activity is also key to tackling obesity – helping us lose weight, tone, strengthen and develop a healthy physique. Movement and exercise canContinue reading “Movement and Exercise”

Positive Psychology Websites

If you’re interested in learning more about positive psychology and the science of well-being, below are twelve key sites to get you started. Each cover a range of topics and also often offer both academic and practical resources that you can pick and choose from, depending on your personal interests.   If you want toContinue reading “Positive Psychology Websites”

Positive Psychology Movie Awards

Can character strengths and well-being be enhanced through the use of films? For over a decade, Ryan Niemiec (psychologist, coach, Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character) has been researching and creating lists of films which showcase key themes from Positive Psychology. He suggests that some films can create ‘cinematic elevation’ – motivating usContinue reading “Positive Psychology Movie Awards”

Lesson idea: Positive Ingredients

The content below is taken from the Learning Library at IPEN and is by Emily Larson (Director), it is the second of four interlinked lesson ideas I will be posting, which focus on raising awareness of the way our emotions impact us and the importance of developing emotional intelligence amongst children.  IPEN’s Learning Library hasContinue reading “Lesson idea: Positive Ingredients”

The Power Of Music

Music and Moods Music has the ability to impact our mood, it can trigger memories and particular lyrics/melodies can especially resonate with us. We all have ‘go to’ choices which make us laugh, smile or get up and move! Create a personal playlist of music which boosts your mood and dip into it whenever youContinue reading “The Power Of Music”

Lesson idea: Negative vs Positive Emotions

The content below is taken from the Learning Library at IPEN and is by Emily Larson (Director). It is the first of four interlinked lesson ideas I will be posting, which focus on raising awareness of how our emotions impact us and the importance of developing emotional intelligence amongst children.  IPEN’s Learning Library has manyContinue reading “Lesson idea: Negative vs Positive Emotions”

Little Boosts

This is a simple and easy opportunity to enhance positive emotions, connection and show appreciation and kindness towards people you care about. It can be used as a one-off activity or over the course of a week. If you find it successful you can revisit it and try it with someone new! Equipment Post itContinue reading “Little Boosts”

Useful Well-being Apps

There are many different ways to improve our well-being. Apps provide a convenient and accessible alternative for those who are on the move or simply prefer interactive technology over more traditional methods. With so many well-being ideas out there where do you start? Below are seven of my favourite tried and tested low cost orContinue reading “Useful Well-being Apps”