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Thursday

Welcome to the fourth day of Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Each day there will be things for you to try to support your own wellbeing, daily live talks that you can join (or watch afterwards) from inspiring speakers who will be sharing insights from their life experiences, a series of challenges to help you connect more with nature, and some brilliant work from our Media Learning Company course giving students' views on mental health.  

Taking care of our mental health, and looking out for those around us, is so important. There is something for everyone during Mental Health Awareness Week. Get involved, explore the resources, listen to the experiences of others, and make some time for your mental health and wellbeing this week.

Try This: Yoga for anxiety and stress

Today's challenge requires movement. 

Your challenge is to try this beginner yoga practice for anxiety and stress. Adrienne will help you move from the darkness back into the light and will guide you through breath and body practices for when you are feeling overwhelmed. 

Why not go for a walk, take a blanket or a yoga mat and breathe in some fresh air whilst doing the exercises? 

You will learn breathing techniques and spinal work that will help you in moments of stress. 

Let us know how you get on: If you feel like sharing your experience of this challenge on social media, use the hashtags #mentalhealthawarenessweek #connectwithnature - and don't forget to tag the college in your post!

Connect with Nature Challenge: Discover the wildlife around you 

You do not need to live in a rural area to spot wildlife, there is an array of wildlife right on your doorstep, even if you're living in the city centre. Now is the time to open your eyes and explore exactly what is around you. 

The free iNaturalist app allows you to identify the wildlife that surrounds you, record your observations, share with others and discuss your findings. The app is not just for animals and insects, but flora and fauna too. By using this app and exploring your surroundings you will be helping scientists to collect data too. 

Let us know how you get on: If you feel like sharing your experience of this challenge on social media, use the hashtags #mentalhealthawarenessweek #connectwithnature - and don't forget to tag the college in your post!

Live Talk: Sound Journey with an Award-Winning Musician 


Join Steven, award-winning musician, for a sound journey and sound healing workshop focussing on your mental health.

Steven is an alumni member of City College Norwich, having successfully left many years ago. Having a variety of stressful jobs, he has shared his experience and coping mechanisms for stress.

Steven is a musician, meditation teacher and martial artist and has returned to take you on a sound journey through your emotions and to find ways of supporting your mental health.

Steven joined us for Mental Health Awareness Week last year, virtually, and discussed the different types of meditation, his music and how to deal with stress especially during the lockdown. So many students asked Steven to return to host a meditation workshop and to play more of his instruments.

Well, you're in luck, Steven agreed to return for a fully immersed interactive sound journey experience. You will not want to miss out on this.

Click here to view Steven's Facebook page, Instagram and to hear his music on either Spotify or Apple Music.

If you were able to watch the live performance or to catch up on the recording, it would be great to gain your feedback so that we can improve our webinars. 

Try This: Couch to 5K

Exercise is a brilliant activity for your mental health. Getting out for a walk, run or cycle can be a great way to calm your mind if you are feeling anxious, low, or overhwelmed.

Today we challenge you to download the free Couch to 5K app and get involved. 

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50-something mum get off the couch and start running, too. 

The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. 

If you feel like sharing your experience of this challenge on social media, use the hashtags #mentalhealthawarenessweek #connectwithnature - and don't forget to tag the college in your post!

A Student View on Mental Health: Understanding your emotions

Media Learning Company student Harry has created this poster to encourage you to understand your emotions and understand how to calm yourself when feeling overwhelmed. 

To see more work on mental health from our Media Learning Company students, click here. 

Connect with Nature Challenge: Forage for wild food 

Each day we are giving our students an environmental challenge to sink your teeth into. Today's challenge is to forage for wild food. 

Woods and hedgerows are great places to find wild food and connect with the landscape. Follow this handy guide by the Woodland Trust to help you forage responsibly. There's even recipes to help you cook up your finds!  

If you feel like sharing your experience of this challenge on social media, use the hashtags #mentalhealthawarenessweek #connectwithnature - and don't forget to tag the college in your post!