Me Festival (November 2018)
12 of our children got the chance to the Me Festival at Himley. This was a series of workshops designed to embrace the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Connect Where is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to […]
12 of our children got the chance to the Me Festival at Himley. This was a series of workshops designed to embrace the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.
Where is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages. With this in mind, the key message is for people to do something different and make a connection.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. Physical activity doesn’t need to be really intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can be very beneficial as well as offering an opportunity for social interaction.
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing..
We started off talking about cyber bullying. There were a few videos we watched that showed children being cyberbullied and we discussed what we should do if someone is being cyberbullied or bullied. The important thing we learned was that if we or someone else is being bullied, we need to tell someone. The best person to tell we decided was a trusted adult, either your parents or a teacher.
Our next station was “Fast Aid” where we learned how to put each other into the recovery position and had a go at performing CPR on dummies. We also got a chance to see inside a police van, fire engine, ambulance and air ambulance support vehicle. Some of us even got the chance to dress up in their uniforms!
There was a VIP Lounge where there were lots of charities and companies giving us the chance to find out about our wellbeing.
We also saw the theatre company Loudmouth perform some fantastic plays on bullying. One of the great phrases they used about bullying was one that we already use:
STOP = Several Times On Purpose.
And remember, don’t be a bystander - be an upstander, be a friend.
They also taught us about how to stay safe when online. If you get a nasty message:
Zip it - make sure your passwords are safe.
Block it - block any people who send you nasty messages.
Save it - save or screenshot any nasty messages.
Cool it - don't get angry and send messages back.
Flag it - ask for help.
Our final activity took us into the grounds of Himley Hall where we made sculptures out of natural objects.