6 May 2022
When we think about improving Mental Health and Wellbeing it can be easy to overlook the simple and daily life choices that all contribute positively to our emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
This term, Angela McLean, our SJ Wellbeing Coordinator will be revisiting some foundational ways to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing.
Physical Activity and Wellbeing
Research confirms that regular exercise helps to regulate mood, sleep, appetite, and other brain function – like memory, concentration, and attention. Regular exercise also increases the level of endorphins which help to lift mood and this in turn impacts positively on confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills. Australian health research indicates that less than 23% of children aged 5-14 (this reduces to 15% for the 10-14 age group) get the recommended 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. A simple and effective way to improve the wellbeing of children is for them to be more active to get outside and enjoy fresh air and exercise.
For ideas and more information on physical activity for children, visit: https://glc.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/physical-activity-exercise https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/nutrition-fitness/physical-activity/physical-activity-how-much