Looking after ourselves – Newsletter

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Thank you for taking the time to read our latest newsletter, we hope some of the advice given is helpful, if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

It is important that as pupils, parents, teachers etc, we look after our mental health. The lockdown period has been difficult for many, with struggles of isolation to anxieties about the ever changing rules and regulations. We have round up our favorite apps, available on iPhone and Android. Why not give them a try? 

1) Insight Timer 

Price: Free (navigate around the subscription screen with the button that says “Start 7 Day Trial.” Once you scroll past that, you can access the free content.) 

With a community feel, Insight Timer has attracted over 6million users from around the world, the interactive home screen shows you how many people are meditating at that moment and have done so that day, you’ll learn how many have meditated “with you” during that time, creating that community spirit. You can also tune in to 2,000 free talks and podcasts for life advice and inspiration, and music tracks to soothe your mind or help you sleep. 

2) Headspace 

Price: Free (you can purchase additional content at a cost) 

Headspace is one of the most popular guided meditation apps on the market at the moment, with a slogan of “Be Kind to your Mind”, it does what it says on the tin. Headspace helps you navigate your busy mind, giving you 5-10 minutes a day of calm, to become less stressed, more resilient with a happier mind. “Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world.” 

3) Calm 

Price: Free with in app purchases available 

Named the best Anxiety App of 2020 by healthline.com, Calm is a great all-rounder app for combating stress and anxiety. Calm has guided meditation available for everyone from complete beginners, to seasoned practitioners. “Sleep is important for managing stress, but it’s also one of the first things to become problematic when you’re anxious. In addition to an assortment of daily meditations, Calm features nature sounds and sleep stories to help lull you into relaxed sleep.” 

Andrew Hall Update: 

“Black Friday Sale! 
No not mine! This is a reminder that the ‘Black Friday’ periods sees the highest number of emails flying across the ether than at any other time of year. The means that not only are there millions of legitimate emails, but the scammers also send out their flurries too. 
We are all vulnerable, but children, perhaps teenagers especially might be ‘secretly’ buying presents online for the first time. Reminders about safe buying online would be very timely. 
The National Cybersecurity Centre has a Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) where you can send emails you are concerned about. 
The message might be from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it. Your report of a phishing email will help us to act quickly, protecting many more people from being affected. 
Just forward the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk 
You can find more advice about online security here: