Focus on what you can control

Last reviewed on 8 January 2021

After an extremely challenging 2020 and all the hard work you put in over the Christmas holidays to prepare for lessons and mass COVID-19 testing this term, we understand that you might be feeling overwhelmed right now. Schools closing, the return to online learning and exams being cancelled has brought additional stress and worry. So, Good Thinking would like to help you focus on what you can control and encourage you to take a moment to breathe – we’ve suggested some key resources below.

If you’d like to talk to someone in confidence at any time, we recommend that you call Education Support on 08000 562 561 or contact Shout by texting KEYWORKER to 85258.

If you’re looking for advice for your students and their families, please visit our Mental wellbeing advice by group section.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, go to the UK Government website and the DfE website.

How to deal with stress (article)

With so much going on, how can you manage your stress levels? In this article, we take a look at the advice of Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, who suggests there is something simple that you can do in any type of crisis: focus on what’s in your control.

Why a micropause can help your mental health today (podcast)

When overwhelmed and stressed, it can feel like there is nothing that can help you. Mindfulness Trainer and Consultant Psychologist Janet Wingrove shares how even a small pause, some breathing space, can start the journey to feeling calmer and more resilient, and reconnect you with those values that help you to keep going.

Meditainment (app)

Sometimes the most helpful thing is to take a break from it all. You can download the Meditainment app on to your smartphone or tablet to access established guided meditation and visualisation techniques. These will lead you on imaginative journeys to dreamlike destinations where you’ll explore and reflect on a range of wellbeing topics. Think of it as being like a mini-break or indoor vacation that can help you sleep better and feel calmer and more refreshed.

Five ways to good mental wellbeing (article)

You might find it useful to consider these five steps to improve your mental health and wellbeing, as recommended by the NHS. One of the most important ones is staying connected with friends and family so that you can get their support and have fun together. Make the most of technology, such as WhatsApp, FaceTime and Teleparty, until you can see them face-to-face.

Benefits of healthy sleep patterns (podcast)

When stressed, one of the things that has been shown to help the most is a good night’s sleep. Michael Farquhar, an expert in sleep medicine, shares his insights on what helps to improve the length and quality of sleep. Please note, this podcast was recorded in April 2020.

How to develop a new healthy habit (article)

Having your normal routine disrupted again in this third lockdown might feel like groundhog day but it could be a springboard to developing some new healthy habits. In this article, we explain how to set goals and change your behaviour even when you’re feeling unmotivated.

How to deal with the uncertainty of lockdown and beyond (article)

You might be feeling stressed, upset and perhaps even angry at the current situation. In this article, we share three techniques to help you adapt to what might happen next, as well as providing advice about managing anxiety, stress, boredom, loneliness and improving sleep.