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Welcome to the Quaggy Well-being Hub. We have developed this resource in response to the recent lockdown regulations. We believe that everyone’s mental wellbeing has been affected by recent events and we want to support children and families to improve their wellbeing. Below are resources that we have created and also other information from organisations interested in improving mental health and wellbeing. 

Relaxation

 decrease the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress. Exercise is also important to be able to relax.

Stress is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It’s very common, can be motivating to help us achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, work and family life.
But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem.
Practicing relaxation can produce a reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression and will help with improved sleep, increased energy and motivation, amongst other benefits.
Try one of our relaxation videos to bring that balance back into your life. 

Guided Relaxation

This guided meditation talks you through visualising your body and you will feel deep relaxation. Lasting just over 18 minutes

Sleep Meditation

If you have trouble sleeping then this sleep relaxation will help you calm and ready for a good night’s sleep. Lasting 16 minutes.

Relaxed Breathing

A simple breathing techniques that you can do any time of the day to focus yourself and relax. Lasting 3 minutes.

Muscle Relaxation

Relax your whole body with this focus on parts of the body to help you feel more relaxed. This lasts just over 17 minutes.

Baby Me Fit

Here is a workout for you to do to help with your fitness. Why not try this followed by a relaxation video.

Mindfulness

focusing on being in the present, whilst paying attention to, and acknowledging how your body and mind feels

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of daily life and never have a moment to stop and reflect. Practicing mindfulness will train your brain to appreciate the value of being present in this moment. 
Most of our worries and anxieties are about what has happened in the past or what may happen in the future. We experience this as worry or anxiety. Mindfulness helps us to put things in perspective and to focus on the ‘now’ and avoid these feelings.  

You are not your thoughts

This video explains one of the basic principles about mindfulness. That our thoughts and anxieties are are not us.

3 minute mindfulness

Feel more settled and calm by spending a few minutes focused on your breathing. A 3-minute Mindful Breathing meditation 

10 minute meditation

his 10 minute guided mindfulness meditation will allow you to slow down and really become aware of the present moment.

20 minute mindfulness

Feel more settled and calm by spending a few minutes focused on your breathing. A 3-minute Mindful Breathing meditation 

Breathe Session

Patricia tells us the importance of breathing and some simple exercises that you can do anywhere and anytime.

Happiness

we can move towards a happier life by making small changes and engaging in new activities to achieve happiness

There are many things that we think can bring happiness to us in the outside world but some of the most profound and long lasting happiness may come from within oneself. We can change our mind for the better using different techniques. Below are some Laughter Yoga videos and also an Emotional Freedom Technique called ‘Tapping’ along with a video on the Vagus Nerve. 

Laughter Yoga Full Session

This is the full, longer video lasting 25 minutes giving the theory of the benefits of Laughter Yoga and also a full Laughter Yoga session.  

Theory of Laughter Yoga

This video lasting under 4 minutes and gives you the theory of why Laughter Yoga is good for you and the effects on your body.

Short Laughter Session

This video lasting under 4 minutes is a great warm up with easy laughter exercises to get you ready for the day. 

Superhero Laughter Session

This video lasting under 4 minutes is a more active short session that gets you on your feet to enjoy a laughter yoga session.

Tapping for Health Session

This full video session teaches you about Emotional Freedom Technique or ‘Tapping’. It helps with stress and more.

Wellbeing - Focus on The Body

This video gives you some great tips on how to exercise and care for your body. Focussing on three tips to improve your’e wellbeing.

BOOST
YOUR LIFE

In this video we are looking at simple ways to BOOST your life. From what we eat, how we move and ways to stimulate positive hormones.

Brain Stimulating the Vagus Nerve

In this video we learn about the Vagus Nerve and different techniques you can use to stimulate it including cold showers.

BALANCE

This video focuses on the importance of balance in terms of our health. Full of tips and tricks that are proven to work.

Children

Information on different organisations offering advice and resources covering health and wellbeing for you and your family

Partnership for Children have lots of resources for all ages of children. Here is a link to some Early Years resources that can help you support your child’s mental health and wellbeing.
1 in 8 school-age children currently have a diagnosable mental health problem. Half of all adult mental health problems start by the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 18. That’s why it’s vital to invest in preventing mental health problems at an early age.

This website is the first NHS website that has been created especially for children to learn about staying healthy and looking after their health. The website features games, videos, and interactive content. Separate sections for parents and teachers provide further advice.1 in 8 school-age children currently have a diagnosable mental health problem. That’s why it’s vital to invest in preventing mental health problems at an early age.

Childline provides a wide range of resources and support for young people. You can get instant support form helplines and there is also lots of resources to help you check how you are feeling and activities to improve wellbeing.  If you are feeling anxiety because of school or due to COVID-19 there is lots of support and advice to help you. There is also support for young people who may be self-harming or have experienced bereavement. 

This part of the Place2Be website has lots of ideas for activities with children to support their mental wellbeing. Some of these activities may need to be adapted in line with current government guidance around non-essential contact. Unless otherwise stated, all the resources have ideas for both primary and secondary age groups. There is also information about accessing counselling services for children that are usually based in schools

Health Information

Below is local and national information on how you can access health and wellbeing information. Followed by links to useful web resources on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Health and Wellbeing Information

Find your nearest confidential sexual health service in Greenwich?
Want to find out about different methods of contraception?Greenwich Sexual Health (GSH) will answer all of these questions. GSH is the sexual health website for Greenwich.

Really useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure, and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources – all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. 

Live Well Greenwich is a partnership approach, led by Royal Greenwich Public Health and Wellbeing, to support local residents to live healthier, happier lives for longer. Working together with local partnersto improve physical and mental health.

This site has an enormous amount of information for all age ranges on living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Covering Children and Families, Young People, Adults and people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities empowering families in Greenwich.

Providing services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich including free counselling to Greenwich residents, support groups and activities for adults who are experiencing mental health issues and other comunity support services.

Young people’s mental health and wellbeing has never been so important. The Young Minds site has great resources and provides information and on how young people can access support. There is also information on how you can become an ‘activist’.

 Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. This site has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. You can even create your own Mind Plan.
Provided by the NHS.

If you think you are experiencing mental illness, the first step is to visit your GP. You may then be referred to the Oxleas NHS Trust who may arrange for you to see a psychiatrist. You can find out more by visiting the Royal Greenwich website.

Providing services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich including free counselling to Greenwich residents, support groups and activities for adults who are experiencing mental health issues and other comunity support services.

Web Resources

NHS Choices has information about mental health for young people, parents and carers

A mental health charity that works to reduce the stigma of mental ill health

Free confidential support about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing

Free, confidential support online and on the phone, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Free, confidential support online and on the phone, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Health for Teens site provides health information for young people aged between  11-19.

Muslim Youth Helpline is  free and confidential helpline and webchat service for young people.

Beat provides Information on eating disorders, with a special site for young people.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

A great site for young minds with digital toolbox to plant the seeds of calm, focus & sleep in the early years. 

An organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves.

Helps young people understand the way they are feeling and find the right advice and support.

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