Student Wellbeing

This week at St Pius we are celebrating wellbeing week amongst the staff and the students. In view of this I would like to share neuropsychiatrist Dr Dan Siegel’s framework for a ‘Healthy Mind Platter’, that is, seven daily essential mental activities which aim to optimize brain development and create wellbeing. This framework applies to children, adolescents and adults alike. These seven essential activities are:

  • Focus Time: When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
  • Play Time: When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences.
  • Connecting time: When we connect with others, ideally in person and if this is not possible then at least via Facetime/Skype/phone, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.
  • Physical Time: When we move, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen our brain in many ways.
  • Time In: When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
  • Down Time: When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
  • Sleep Time: When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

You can find further information about this framework for wellbeing here:​