The Mindapple approach


Mental health and wellbeing don’t come in quick fixes: we need to work at them. Recent research is showing more and more that what really affects our mental states are our habits, the day-to-day actions that shape our lives. Practice doing things that help you feel calmer and more energised, and avoid things that make you feel stressed or unhappy, and you will find your wellbeing starts to improve. On a basic level at least, good mental health is a habit.


This doesn’t have to be hard work. Research by Sarah Pressman and colleagues found that whatever you do that’s good for your mind is much better for you if you have chosen it, and you enjoy it. Having fun is good for you. So rather than finding a list of things you should do, start thinking about what you like to do. Make time for the breathers and restorers that work for you, and start talking to other people about what works for them.


At Littletown we have shared the Mindapple approach of choosing 5 things that you like doing everyday that help you to feel happier and / or calmer. Every class now has a tree where all the children and adults have hung up their mindapples so that they can be referred to whenever needed.