It is really important that you look after your own and your children's physical and mental wellbeing. Children with high levels of wellbeing are better learners. There are many ways you can do this, for example taking a walk in the fresh air is good exercise for your body, and a good relaxing technique for your mind. Below you will find more information on how you and your family can take care of yourselves, and have fun!
5 ways to wellbeing (Mindkit) Advice from scientists explaining if we do the 5 things listed, our happiness will increase.
How to keep mentally healthy This website gives examples of how you can look after your mental being - keep learning and laughing are just two of the ways mentioned.
Importance of sleep (NHS) A relaxing bedtime routine is one important way to help your child get a good night's sleep. There is a lot of temptation to stay up late or have a long lie in, but it is important to keep your usual "school" routine for your family.
When emotions explode (Young minds) It is only natural that emotions may become heightened during these times. This website gives you explanations about why emotions explode and what you can do to calm them down - following the emotions pyramid
The ThriveLDN website is a very useful for accessing resources and guidance to support yourself and your children with their wellbeing and mental health. It provides and range of resources including a regular newsletter that you can sign up for. It is specifically aimed at Londoners.
Further ways to support well-being and mental health:
14 days challenge/daily activities The ELSA website (Emotional Literacy Support) have produced 14 challenges you can do. If you do one a day, it will help to deal with explosive or unhappy emotions.
Deep breathing for calmness Mindfulness and meditation are great techniques to remain relaxed, even during "normal" times.
Calm activities Practical activities to encourage children to think about what makes them feel calm.
Calm affirmations- Simple, positive statements to help children focus on specific daily goals. Children pick one card each day and refer to the card throughout the day.
Calm exercise cards- This shows ways for children to use calming images while carrying out exercises.
Calmometer - Using this resource children are helped to identify their own feelings. It is designed to help children monitor how they are feeling and decide when they may need to carry out some calming activities.
Creating a calm corner - Sometimes children may just need somewhere where they can go that is quiet and makes them feel relaxed. Here are some ideas on how you might create this area for your child.
Meditation for Calm - Mindfulness and meditation techniques to support children.
Message for parents - Children need reassurance and calm right now to help them manage the changes and help them rest and relax. This explains why this is so important in current times.
This is a useful guide to share with your children if you want to talk to them about Mental Health.