‘Get Active’ is the name of the next block in our ‘Building Resilience’ programme. In this unit, there are 3 main outcomes-
1. Being active is not only good for the body but also for the mind
Sometimes when we are feeling overwhelmed we can lack motivation to be active. The pupils will consider that being active, despite low motivation, will increase our mood and motivation again. Exercise releases endorphins and dopamine – brain chemicals that affect our mood and make us feel happier. It brings down high levels of stress chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol.
2. I have a range of hobbies and interests that I enjoy doing
It’s not just exercise that has these effects. Finding a range of things we find fun, are good at and give us a sense of fulfilment also helps to heighten our mood. Again, when we are feeling down or overwhelmed we can stop doing these things, when ironically they are the very things that can fill our wellbeing ‘tank’ again. We are all different in the things that make us feel good: pupils will consider what passions and interests they have that they enjoy and give them a sense of achievement.
3. Doing anything new involves taking a risk
Finding the things that we enjoy will always involve taking a risk as we challenge ourselves to try new things. Challenging ourselves causes mild to moderate stress. This is essential for learning as it stimulates the brain to take in new information. Encouraging pupils to take a risk by challenging themselves to try new activities and experiences will help them to build a more effective stress response system in the future and develop an understanding of their own skills and their ability to cope with setbacks or challenges.
Attached below is the Home Activity related to this unit.
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