We believe that children need adults around them that are coping, and know the importance of self-care. If we, as adults don't look after ourselves, we are more likely to feel overwhelmed and less able to cope when things go wrong.
This page is for staff, parents and carers to access for tips and ideas to support you in looking after your physical and mental health.
"Mental health, in effect refers to the capacity to live a full, productive life as well as the flexibility to deal with its ups and downs."
Young Minds, 1996
What is mental and emotional wellbeing?
Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, says: "Feeling happy is a part of mental wellbeing. But it’s far from the whole.
"Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too. So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. And so are good relationships, which bring joy to you and those around you.
Of course, good mental wellbeing does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult,” says Professor Stewart-Brown. "But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual."
"It can help to think about 'being well' as something you do, rather than something you are. The more you put in, the more you are likely to get out.
No-one can give wellbeing to you. It's you who has to take action," says Professor Stewart-Brown.
Look after your sleep: Feeling anxious or worried can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.
Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep good sleep hygiene practices – like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment. The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.