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Self Care September

Self Care September


The month of September has been declared “Self Care September” by Headspace Australia. Similarly, September every year recognises the need to look after our personal mental health and that of our friends through “R U OK” day. Recognising these two aspects of Wellbeing together reminded me of the work we are trying to achieve at San Clemente through building skills, developing community and ensuring our staff and students understand how to seek help when needed.

The “R U OK” campaign invites people to understand the power of a quality conversation. Below are some steps to follow:


Headspace Australia have also recognised that developing our personal wellbeing skills is also essential. Helping ourselves through positive self talk and overall self care is key to leading a thriving life. Headspace have provided some tips below to assist individuals in caring for themselves at work, school or life in general:

Value "clock off" time   Guilt free balance of work/school/life
Practice mindfulness   See the tips below for the value of mindfulness
Silent sensory walks   Commit 15-20 minutes of walking (WITHOUT devices or music
Read a book   Escape in your imagination or learn something new
Count your steps   Be active on a daily basis
Celebrate with gratitude   Take notice and be thankful
Hydrate   Drink water
Check in   Talk to our friends, peers and colleagues, RUOK?
Device free time   Go 24 hours without email, Facebook, Insta, etc.
Stretch   Look after the physical health
Eat lunch   Enjoy eating with friends, colleagues, peers
Reflect   Engage in the reflective practice to recharge the batteries

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” James Baraz.

As our students move toward the end of term, and our minds begin to become less attentive (or mindless) it is interesting to note the increase in behavioural issues, mistakes, errors of judgement, poor social skills and accidents. Essentially these all come down to young people (and some older people) not being mindful of their thoughts and behaviours and ultimately acting mindlessly without judgement. I have often listed techniques for practising mindfulness.

Smiling mind recently upgraded their web site and App and I recommend it thoroughly. 

Also, many of our students are using mindful colouring as a technique to find calmness and increase attention. Click here for more information on “Colourtation” (Meditation through colouring).

Nathan Beckett, Assistant Principal, Wellbeing