Arriving back from holidays when it’s cold, wet and the days are grey, can make it a real challenge to maintain an upbeat attitude.
Recently Villa Maria College’s Student Council initiated Spirit Week – with the aim of lifting the school’s spirit at the end of a long, cold term.
The week included a morning tea bake sale, a free sausage sizzle at lunch, games and sports, Year 13 students played a dodgeball game against the teachers, there was a Meme Day and a Villa’s Got Talent Competition – all organised by the students.
Tiaki Manatū thought it would be a good idea to share some more ways of lifting spirits – your own and others.
• Be patient with yourself – It’s normal to feel a bit down after holidays – soften the return to your normal routine by planning in some fun time and rewards for study, work and practice.
• Get some rest – it helps you recover from colds and illness and when you’ve had a good amount of sleep you are in a better place to make decisions and maintain a healthy perspective on those curve balls life throws our way
• Spend time with other people – stay connected with your friends and family. It might be cold and wet outside but there are plenty of inside activities you could suggest or organise to help lift everyone’s spirits
• Practice one of our Mercy Values – Compassion – an excellent way to lift the spirits of those around you and your own. Look for ways to help other people in the community – no matter how small your actions are, you will have a positive impact and feel like you can make a difference
• Plan something fun – how cool is it when you’ve got something to look forward to? Making sure you always have something on your calendar will give you a wee thrill because you know it’s coming up
• Make healthy choices – eating well, exercising and maintaining your fitness is important for your health and well-being.
Villa Maria College principal Deborah Brosnahan has some good advice for the weekends: ‘get out and enjoy some of the winter beauty that we are blessed with in the South Island.