Safeguarding: National School Sports Week 2021

This week is National School Sports Week 2021: Together Again #NSSW2021

This annual campaign celebrates the important role physical education and school sport has in enhancing young people’s wellbeing.

Having been at the Cathedral on Sunday, where the finish line for the Race to the King 53 mile route was situated, exercise in whatever form is clearly important for all – young and older.

Our friends at Solent Mind have a wellbeing centre here in Winchester, where they offer safe spaces to assist you to get back on track through groups, workshops, activities and 1:1 support. They work with their clients to set goals for them and to find the right courses to help them work towards those goals.

The Action for Happiness site explains “Our body and mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. We don’t all have to run marathons – there are simple things we can do to be more active each day. We can also boost our well-being by spending time outdoors, eating healthily, unplugging from technology and getting enough sleep!”

 

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They also explain: “Learning affects our well-being in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things throughout our lives, not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.”

What have you learnt or tried for the first time recently to support your own wellbeing?