A programme of workplace based relaxation techniques to aid wellbeing

Benefits for Young People

IMPACT Wellbeing Programme enables young people to learn about the causes and effects of stress and how to manage their stress.  It can contribute to the Personal, Social and Health Education Curriculum (PSHE) in UK secondary schools.  Adolescence is a time of hormonal change and transition to adulthood.  It can be a stressful time for many. Peer pressure can have adverse effects and young people need support to become resilient and confident in themselves. 

When under stress, the body prepares itself with a fight or flight reaction, involving the brain, nervous system and hormones.   For many the effects may be minor but others may experience  behavioural and other problems including anger, aggression, self harm and withdrawal.  Chronic stress has long term health effects.
All the techniques of the IMPACT Wellbeing Programme have a positive effect on the body allowing it to return to a state of calm more quickly than it would naturally have done.  The techniques are promoted by health services and use a mindfulness approach. 
The relaxation techniques help to calm young people and this in turn clears the mind and aids concentration.  This gives the opportunity for improved attainment and increased confidence. 

"Thank you again for the inspiring course.  I have already introduced the breathing to a few students with success. The fact that this can be used in any situation was important with one boy who was in great distress and the technique was used in the corridor."
Year 10 Learning Manager, Derbyshire   

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Attitude Survey (November 2011) warned schools and parents to be aware of the potential harm done to young people when they experience bullying through ‘being left out’.  

Peer massage is associated with the benefit of increased social integration which aids group work and friendships. It teaches the concepts of respect and choice, ensuring that young people ask permission before working with a partner and consider what is acceptable behaviour.     
Benefits for young people“It allows you to take your mind off a lot of things.” 
“Thank you. I found it very relaxing.” 
Year 11 students

Benefits to staff:
Improved concentration supports teaching and learning, improved social integration promotes effective group work and students have greater confidence and are happier and more contented.   There is likely to be a reduction in absenteeism due to improved physical, mental and emotional health.  Staff should find that their job satisfaction increases. 
Skills learned in school, college or at work can be used at home, with friends and family.

Find out how you can help young people by becoming an instructor.  View the flyer IMPACT Wellbeing for Young People 

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