Thrive at Blackpool Sixth is a Wellbeing platform that will provide you with resources, tools, information about how to support your wellbeing. Have a look at what amazing things are going across college that you can do to support your physical and mental wellbeing.
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others.
Listen to the latest episode of Blackpool Sixth’s own Thrive podcasts.
Download the Podbean app on your phone to listen on the go!
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Stuff the resolutions!
Welcome back everyone! We hope you have had a safe and restful break and been able to enjoy some time with your loved ones over the holidays.
At this time of year, it is tradition to set ourselves goals and targets in the form of New Year’s resolutions. However, often these are unrealistic expectations and most people abandon their resolutions within the first month of the year because they are too vague or too big. The estimate is that less than 10% of New Year’s resolutions are actually achieved.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have aspirations. It is good to set challenges and want to improve ourselves or have new experiences.
But let’s stuff the resolutions and set intentions instead!
Setting intentions encourages a sense of self-awareness of who you are and what you truly want. It is something you plan to bring about or achieve. Intentions do not have to be set for the year, but can be set on a daily basis, and are best made first thing in the morning. You could set an intention for the year as a long term goal if you want to, and then set smaller daily intentions as part of your journey.
Try to avoid using the words ‘should’, ‘want’ or ‘will’ as these put your intentions in the future eg “I should do more exercise.” Instead use words like ‘choose’ eg, “I choose to go for a 10 minute walk today” and consider setting your intentions in the present tense.
Now think about what is important to you. What are your values? What is it that motivates you? You cannot have realistic goals without values.
Diamond Values Activity Sheet – Download the activity sheet.
- Look at the list of values and choose 4 that are of the most importance to you.
- Write them in each square, starting with number 1, the most important at the top.
- Now you know what is most important to you, you can set your intentions and goals.
Intention Setting Activity Sheet – Download the activity sheet
The choice is yours. Set yourself some intentions for your top value,
or if you are up for the challenge, all four. It’s up to you!
- Think about a short term, medium term and long term intention.
- Short term- something you can do right now.
- Medium term – increasing/adding to that short term intention
- Long term – a goal in the future
Small steps can lead to great things, and setting goals is investing in you!
Some ideas to get you started!
Knowledge – Long term- I intend to find out more about Japan. Short term – take a book out of the Library. Medium term – do more research and create a booklet.
Activism – Long term – I intend to do some fundraising. Short term – choose a campaign/cause. Medium goal – plan an event.
Education – Long term – to complete my College course. Short term – I intend to do one assignment this evening. Medium term – I intend to hand in all my assignments on time.
Health/Wellbeing – Long term – It’s important to look after my health. Short term – Today I am going to do something I enjoy. Medium term – I intend to have some ‘me’ time every week.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Build activity into your day to boost your mood.
6Xtra is our college enrichment programme. We are excited to introduce a new element to our offer; 6Xtra On Demand.
Below you will find a series of health and fitness video links from 6xtra that you can access any time, any place.
The programme also offers the chance to develop an existing skill or learn something new. CLICK HERE to view the full programme.
Getting active at home is anyone’s game
Online workouts are easy to access, can be adapted to your own pace and intensity, and are flexible around your daily schedule. Get active whenever suits you!
Just click on the graphic below to start.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Taking notice of things we’re grateful for, big or small, is a great way to boost our mood and appreciate our surroundings. Being in the present moment can positively change the way you feel about life
Photo by A Level Photography student Luke Moon.
Photo by A Level Photography student Niamh Kean.
Take some time out and try and take some photos of some of the things on this list each day. We would love to see your images, you can tag us @blackpoolsixth.
Expressing your ideas and feelings through writing is well-known to be a great way of boosting your well-being. Whether you write stories, poetry, a diary or a journal or combine your writing with other art-forms like drawing or photography, you will find that it’s a fantastic way of understanding yourself and the world better.
To help you along with this, we are starting a series of prompts to help you kick-start your writing habit in 2021!
‘Hope is the thing with feathers’
The inspiration for this prompt comes from the amazing American poet Emily Dickinson (b.1830, d.1886). Although she only had eight poems published in her lifetime, she is now considered one of the greatest poets in world literature.
Here’s the first verse of one of her best-known poems:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
The poem compares something quite abstract and difficult to grasp – ‘hope’ – and gets us to think of it as a bird singing within us and not giving up.
You can find the rest of the poem here together with links to more of Emily Dickinson’s poems.
Your writing task
Think about an abstract emotion or idea, perhaps a word you hear used a lot in quite an unspecific way e.g. fear, worry, happiness, health, well-being, resilience. How could you picture it as something much more physical or ‘real’ to you e.g. an animal, a landscape, a building, a piece of clothing? Now write (without thinking about it too much) for a few minutes, building up your description. Use the senses – what does it look and sound like and, if it fits – what does it taste, smell or feel like to touch? Then look over your notes and pick out the best bits. Write this up as a short poem or just a paragraph of description. If you are doing it as a poem avoid the trap of thinking it has to rhyme. Emily Dickinson was brilliant at rhyme but these days most poets avoid it as it can feel too forced or contrived.
If you’d like to share your poem or paragraph, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to include it now or at a later stage in this section of ‘Thrive’. We might even include the best ones into an e-book or have them read as part of a podcast.
Tip: Get yourself a nice notebook for your writing. Computers and phones are great for re-drafting but there’s nothing like using old-fashioned pen and paper for your initial draft. Label it with the date and maybe something to remind you about how you were feeling when you wrote it.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Helping others can create positive feelings and boost wellbeing.
FUNDRAISING REPORT 2019/20
Blue Skies £402.74
Breast Cancer Awareness £6.78
Christmas Quiz £688.32
Guide Dogs £549.20
Jeans for Genes £129.00
Mental Health Awareness £108.82
Save The Children £59.44
Trinity Hospice £830.99
World Environment Day £30.00
Our Blue Light/Inspired Through Sport £784.19
TOTAL (£ 3,696.01)