The Five Ways to Wellbeing (Give, Connect, Be Active, Take Notice and Keep Learning) are five simple actions we can all do to improve our wellbeing.
When we practise the Five Ways to Wellbeing in nature, we’re giving ourselves a boost of postiive feelings and energy that can last throughout the day!
Here you’ll find some activities to help you and your students practise the Five Ways to Wellbeing during your Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond. We’ve listed each activity under the Five Ways to Wellbeing it aligns with the most – but remember most of these activities exemplify more than one of the Five Ways.
Mental Health Awareness Week falls in the October school holidays, so remember you can run any of these activities in term 3, term 4 or other times throughout the year.
School activity sheets:
Strengthening relationships and feeling close to and valued by others, including at school, is critical to boosting student wellbeing. Help your students connect with their local environment and connect with the people around them, such as their whānau/family and whakapapa/geneaology, by running these activities with your classroom.
Encouraging your students to Keep Learning, be curious and seek out new experiences at school and in life will positively stimulate their brain! The activities listed below are easy examples of how to do this in the classroom.
Giving can mean different things to different people. For some, it might mean carrying out small or large acts of kindness. Giving can increase student’s happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
Taking notice involves paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around us. The activities listed below will help students to be more present, taking notice of things that perhaps they normally wouldn’t.
Being physically active, including at school, can improve student’s physical health and their mood and wellbeing, and it can decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
Mental Health Awareness Week is great way to learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and continue any learnings throughout the year by building them into daily classroom life.