Welcome to the Bridge Academy Trust wellbeing page. All of us have found ourselves in uncharted territory and the need to adapt our lifestyles recently, what with social distancing, self-isolation, getting used to working from home and the bombardment of information and misinformation that we face daily.
In light of this we have gathered, what we hope, are some useful tips and practical links to help you and your families.
We hope you find this site helpful and we would be delighted if you would share with others.
What are you up to?
Here is one of our students, Sienna from Moulsham High School. Sienna undertook this fundraising initiative on her own, writing and performing the song and putting together the video to help the NHS.
Spend a few minutes before bedtime to prepare for the next day. If you’re working from home, you’ll probably be doing this already. If not, it will give structure to your days.
Preparing a daily routine – and maintaining it – will give a sense of control over your life, don’t underestimate the importance of being in control of some aspects of your life.
It’s important that we take time to look after our own mental wellbeing. Here are some sites that may help:
YoungMinds - Children and young people's mental health charity
Mental Health Foundation - Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak |
NHS - Mental wellbeing while staying at home
The Mind Gym - is an excellent training company, whose work is all based on psychology
Anxiety UK - Provide lots of webinars to help if you are feeling stressed
The family lockdown guide: How to emotionally prepare for coronavirus quarantine
This can happen: Provide webinars to help on a variety of Covid 19 concerns
Physical health is linked to our mental health and you don't have to join a gym to get fit:
Take online courses; there are so many outlets to choose from. From Google to Udemy and SkillShare, you’d be able to learn anything from online marketing to art techniques and life hacks, many of these sites offer free courses too.
Secret London Live talks
WIRED UK How to keep your kids educated and entertained during lockdown
Fun for children
Can’t get to your holiday destination? Why not go on a virtual tour of the world from the comfort of your sofa and get inspired for your next holiday destination!
The world revolves around more than just news updates, and the worst thing you could do during a lockdown is watch hourly updates of what is happening in the world without any other forms of entertainment.
Make a list of all the movies and shows you’ve been meaning to watch or books to read, but never got around to.
Go on a virtual tour of thousands of museums from around the world. But if you want to minimise your screen time, stock up on books, board games and puzzles.
There might be some budding artists among us! Keep those craft supplies handy, if for nothing else than to experiment. Invest in a sketch book and pencils. Maybe it’s your thing and you just don’t know it yet.
Why not visit the Google Arts and Culture pages where you can explore by time and colour or zoom in to paintings to experience them like never before or just choose an artist enjoy some amazing pieces of art.
National Literacy Trust Family Zone
London Transport Museum Teachers
Natural History Museum Learning resources
Science Museum Learning resources
Organise a Quiz Night
Why not have an online Quiz Night with family and friends via Zoom or Houseparty? You can nominate a quizmaster to prepare a set of questions, use questions from a board game or look online for some free quizzes. Here are some we’ve found:
Start a new hobby
Start painting, grow herbs, learn how to knit, teach yourself how to dance. There is quite literally a YouTube video for everything. To grow herbs, all you’ll need is a sunny window sill, a pot or two and seeds.
Try pickling: it’s the perfect activity with added benefits for a lockdown. You can pickle anything from mushrooms, beans and onions to peaches, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and ginger.
Here are some of our favourites:
Secret London - Recipes from famous resturants
If you haven’t caught it already Jamie Oliver has a new series started this week on Channel 4 called Keep Cooking and Carry On, with lots of store cupboard recipes – on at around 5 pm.
Why not try making your own bread?
Remember to check in with your loved ones, call them, Skype them, send them funny SMS’s. With so much social media there’s no excuse not to stay in touch.
If you need to contact the Trust please call:
Tania Watkins, PA to the Chief Officers on 01245 504 540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org