Student Wellbeing

Welcome back to the start of Term 2. Last week, Bethany students completed the College Wellbeing Survey. The survey is a great tool for the staff to use to be able to help focus on particular areas of wellbeing that the students may have identified. Over the next couple of weeks, the staff will begin to analyase the survey reports.

Term 2 is a busy term, with assessment tasks for students to complete and many winter sports on the weekend. Therefore, it is important that students get into a good routine, ensuring they manage their time with schoolwork, homework, assessment tasks and extra curricular activities. Students must ensure that they are getting enough sleep to be able to work to their best ability. Poor sleep has a range of knock on effects and is in itself a contributor to mental health problems.

Below are 6 simple tips for to improve your sleep:

  1.  Turn it down

Dimming the lights 2 hours before bedtime helps your brain build melatonin, increasing sleepiness. Likewise, turning down the heating and lowering your core body temperature will help you fall asleep.

  1. Switch it off

Excessive screen time, especially before bed, can contribute to difficulty falling asleep. Try limiting TV and social media before bed to avoid falling into a ‘scroll hole’.

  1. Enjoy the sunrise

Exposure to just 4 minutes of sunlight first thing in the morning suppresses melatonin in our bodies and kick-starts our ‘daytime hormones’ (cortisol).

  1. Get into a routine

Lack of routine will affect your circadian rhythm (sleep clock). It’s really important to tell your body what to do and when to do it. Eating and going to sleep at the same time every day will help regulate your sleep clock. 

  1. Limit your intake

Avoid caffeine 8 hours and food 2 hours prior to sleep.

  1. Create a sleep sanctuary

Your bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary. If possible, try not to do school work from your sleeping environment.

 

eSafety Commission free webinar on:

Parental controls on how to set up devices and apps to help keep young people safe online.

eSafety’s Term 2 webinar on parental controls helps parents and carers learn about software tools and other strategies for taming technology at home

The webinar explores the benefits and limitations of parental controls and covers how to safely set up devices and popular games and apps like Roblox and Youtube.

Term 2 webinar dates are:

Tuesday 10 May 7.30 – 8.30 pm 

Thursday 19 May 12.30 – 1.30 pm 

Tuesday 31 May 12.30 – 1.30 pm 

 

Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing