St. Michael’s National School strives to create a safe, fun and welcoming environment for all our pupils, staff, parents and wider community.

Well-being is one way we strive to create this.

We incorporate a number of well-being activities into our Well-being Wednesday’s – breathing techniques, Daily Mile, themed activities and many more.

The following five ways have been shown to improve the wellbeing of young and old. Incorporating the following into our day-to-day can help. (from the Steps to Health Challenge!)

Connect: Connect and chat with our friends, work colleagues or family while stepping it out!

Evidence show that good relationships with family, friends, colleagues and the wider community are important for mental wellbeing.

Be Active:  You are already doing this!

Being active is great for our physical and mental wellbeing. Evidence proves there is a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing

Take Notice: Have a look around as you walk and take notice!

Paying attention to the present moment – to our own thoughts, feelings and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.

Keep Learning: Ask your friends, colleagues, family for some interesting fact they have come across this week.

Evidence shows that continuing to learn throughout life can help improve and maintain our mental wellbeing.

Give:  Give encouragement and support to your friends, colleagues, family and how well they are doing during the Challenge.

Most agree that giving to others is a good idea however giving to others has a knock on effect on ourselves by improving the givers mental wellbeing.

(Source: https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/five-ways-to-wellbeing/)