BACES Wellbeing Weekly Round up – Week 105 February 2021
Monday – Body Care
Restorative Bird Song
Winding down and feeling relaxed can help with our focus, attention and readiness to learn, so if you are finding it hard to concentrate “scientists at the University of Surrey have been studying the “restorative benefits of birdsong”. “They discovered that, of all the natural sounds, bird songs and calls were those most often cited as helping people recover from stress and allowing them to restore and refocus their attention”.
Tuesday – Achievement
The Pomodoro Technique
1. CHOOSE A TASK YOU’D LIKE TO GET DONE
Something big, something small, something you’ve been putting off for a million years: it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s something that deserves your full, undivided attention.
2. SET THE POMODORO FOR 25 MINUTES
Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! After all, it’s just 25 minutes.
3. WORK ON THE TASK UNTIL THE POMODORO RINGS
Immerse yourself in the task for the next 25 minutes. If you suddenly realize you have something else you need to do, write the task down on a sheet of paper.
4. WHEN THE POMODORO RINGS, PUT A CHECKMARK ON A PAPER
Congratulations! You’ve spent an entire, interruption-less Pomodoro on a task.
5. TAKE A SHORT BREAK
Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk or do something else relaxing (i.e., not work-related). Your brain will thank you later.
6. EVERY 4 POMODOROS, TAKE A LONGER BREAK
Once you’ve completed four pomodoros, you can take a longer break. 20 minutes is good. Or 30. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoro.
Wednesday – Connect with Others
MoodMaster ‘Understanding Panic’
MoodMaster is back!
Our third course ‘Understanding Panic’ will being w/c 22 February.
Week 1 Panic attacks
Week 2 Confronting phobias
Week 3 Getting your thinking straight
Week 4 Breathing and relaxation
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Thursday – Enjoyment
Dust down your Instrument
Got an instrument gathering dust in a corner? Used to have lessons or play in a group? Why not use some ‘lockdown time’ to dust down your instrument and have a go at playing again. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube and it’s a great way to relieve stress too!
Did you know we are currently holding a music competition? Write your own piece of music for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher! Good luck!
Friday – Step Back
Tend to focus on what went wrong rather than what went OK? Glass half empty rather than half full? This journal template helps you to think through your day and focus on the positives. It’s often surprising what went well when you stop and think.