Keeping happy and healthy

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​A healthy lifestyle is not just about eating healthy foods and drinks and exercising, it's also about finding an appropriate balance in your life.

Between school and study, extra-curricular activities, friendships, sports and your life at home, there are many things that compete for your time and attention. Setting up some good habits can help you stay in balance.

Eating healthy

Eating healthy foods and drinks will help you fight off illnesses and help you enjoy life to the fullest. This means choosing foods from the five food groups. Eat regular meals, including breakfast, to set you up for the day. Drink plenty of water and limit your intake of junk food. Your school may have a canteen where you can buy your lunch or you can bring a healthy lunch from home.

Physical activity

Regular physical activity of at least moderate intensity, for at least 60 minutes per day, helps develop a healthy body and mind. Regular physical activity helps your mind by reducing stress, is an effective way to manage your mood, and can be an essential component in enhancing your overall wellbeing.

There are many ways you can include physical activity in your life from incidental activities like walking up stairs, walking around the school grounds, getting active during school breaks, and walking or cycling to and from school. There are also focused physical activity opportunities, such as before and after school activity clubs, school-based sports, gym classes, sporting club activities, going for a swim at the pool with your friends or walking your dog to the park.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for you to relax and recover from your day and allows you to be ready and alert to start a new day. Having a pre-bed routine can help your body unwind. This might mean turning off televisions and computer screens before bed, turning on some relaxing music at a low volume, drinking a warm drink, turning your phone off, and minimising any light sources to your room.

Having fun

Taking time to laugh, being around people who make you feel good, or doing things that are fun or get your creativity going is really important to achieving a sense of wellbeing and balance in your life. Try and include something fun in every day.

Support

Sharing your concerns or worries with trusted friends and family is really important for your wellbeing. Sometimes being a teenager can be really tough and you might feel challenged in many ways.

Having people around you that you can talk to and share what you're going through can help you deal with your feelings of stress and worry. Let someone know you need to talk, just in case those around you don't realise you're going through a tough patch. It's important to remember that you don't have to go through hard times on your own. Sharing what you're going through can really make a difference.

There will be specific people in your school who you can turn to for help, but in addition to these people consider talking to your parents or other health professionals.

Below are some of the common services you can seek out advice or support from in Australia. You can talk over the phone or chat online to a professional trained to listen and assist young people. However, if you're in need of immediate support or medical assistance, you can also contact 000.

Beyond Blue

Phone 1300 22 4636, 24 hours, 7 days a week
Chat online between 3pm-12am, 7 days a week 
Send a message via the website
Check out a range of information on the Youth Beyond Blue website

eheadspace

Phone 1800 650 890, from 9am to 1am, 7 days a week
Chat online from 9am to 1am, 7 days a week
Send a message via the website.
Check out a range of information on the eheadspace website

Lifeline

Phone 13 11 14, 24 hours, 7 days a week
Chat online between 7pm-4am, 7 days a week
Check out a range of information on the Lifeline website

Kids Help Line (for teens)

Phone 1800 55 1800, 24 hours, 7 days a week
Chat online Mondays to Friday from 1pm-11pm, Saturday and Sundays from 11am-11pm
Send a message via the website
Check out the Kids Help Line website

Enhancing Online Safety

Enhancing Online Safety website

Content extracted from Queensland Department of Education and Training's 'A Flying Start for Queensland Children'.