We have opened our session with some minutes of meditation… We dimmed the lights, played some relaxing music and let ourselves go with the chilling moment.
A few minutes can be enough to create a soothing effect. Mark and Rakann voice how this tiny fraction of time made them feel relaxed and away for tension, problems, anxiety.
It was a great warmer to the topic of this meeting: “How hobbies help releasing stress.”
Everyone has a hobby and therefore a way of putting away our problems, at least for a moment.
Junior is keen on reading – he enjoys it, he acknowledges the intellectual benefits of it and he feels relaxed while reading.
Mark is keen on sports and music – when he plays his mind is away, thinking of the melody and the harmonies.
Misha plays online… which is ok, as long as within reasonable limits. He gets a sense of evasion which helps him cope with the real world.
During this Pillar we have tried to entice the boys to find ways of improving their physical and mental wellbeing, not just with sports but with any other way they feel they benefit of an improvement in their quality of living.
Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.
And these are things we will try to keep pushing throughout the school year.
This little video introduced our Wellbeing session today and served as a reminder of something we all know but don’t always respect.
Sleeping is definitely one of most important functions of our body and it plays a key role in the regulation of all the other system.
Lack of sleep provokes an unhealthy balance which can have visible effects in a short and long term. Obviously one bad night of sleep is not enough to hugely disrupt our “machine” but several nights, in a row, without proper recovery can lead to several health problems and a dramatic lack of energy.
Hand in hand with it we also used our session to introduce our Boarding Counselling team who challenged us to try a few minutes of very simple meditation. The aim was simply to allow us to relax and it is visible that some took the challenge seriously while those in the back row, were quickly overwhelmed by the benefits of meditation and the help it provides to fall asleep… (everything is related 🙂 )
All in all a curious experience for some and we will surely continue to work on this in future sessions.
With the start of school, we have started our Boarding Programme and naturally our weekly House Assemblies.
The first one is always an important one ( they all are, but the first… is the first ) so we gathered some chocolate bars and sat down in our common room for a chat.
Among many other practicalities of our House and important notices… and after finishing the chocolate bars we entered our Wellbeing programme… (after the chocolate bars 🙂 )
Our first pillar is “Healthy bodies and minds” and for as evident and obvious this topic may be, there is always plenty to talk about, think of and apply for our personal balance.
These are the two take away points for this pillar. Each weekly topic for your house assemblies will relate to one of these:
1. How important is sleep?
2. How can we use our hobbies to de-stress?
We didn’t really get into much detail yet but we have discussed about the projects that the students can complete. An important message is that the Boarding Programme and the Extracurricular Dept provide the students with plenty of options for them to complete an individual or collective project and therefore enhance their wellbeing, take on-board healthy daily habits and lead by example thinking of the younger ones.
Some boys have already picked what they will want to achieve. Taichi and Kotaro are joining the Volleyball team from the school. They have been a part of it for years now and their game is an asset to the team, and source of pleasure and exercise for them. Mateus is super keen on football too and he is also trying to join the school team. Aryavir mentioned about keeping a sleeping diary and checking how his sleeping hours affect his promptness and punctuality in the morning.
Any tool, idea or project is a positive source of guidance and a valuable experience and we are happy to see that some boys are already onboard with the concept.