Mental Health for Parents, Children & Staff
Taking care of our own mental health - as well as those around us - is incredibly important during this time of unprecedented change and challenge.
The links below are full of extremely valuable advice, support and coping strategies:
This Coping Calendar from Action For Happiness has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together
Top 20 Mental Health Tips When Self-Isolating:
- Keep your home clean and tidy
- Eat healthily and stay hydrated
- Stay connected
- Talk to someone about how you're feeling
- Support others
- Have a daily routine
- Keep a diary or journal of events/thoughts/emotions
- Think/write down reasons to be grateful and thankful throughout the day
- Build physical activities into your day
- Get as much fresh air, sunlight and nature as you can
- Do some work each day
- Make a to-do-list
- Do something creative/artistic
- Read for pleasure
- Build relaxation activities into your day
- Try mindful meditation or yoga
- Learn something new
- Arm yourself with the facts from a reliable source
- Give yourself a break from being online
- Create a safe/private space within your home
Relieving Anxiety About What's Happening
Here are two social stories, which explain what is currently happening in child-friendly language. They may help to allay some children's anxiety.
Yoga helps to create strength, flexibility, coordination and wellbeing by balancing mind and body. Check out these free and fantastic links:
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
If you fancy something a bit more intense, then check out Joe Wicks's range of home fitness videos for children and adults - each lasting 5, 8, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minutes - for your daily workouts.
Eat the Rainbow! It is very important to try and eat a healthy, balanced and nutritional diet over this period - as hard as that may sometimes be! The NHS Eatwell Guide below is a helpful reminder of what proportion of each food group you should be aiming to eat every day.
Trying to eat a rainbow of different fruit and vegetable colours over the day is a fun way of supporting your brain and body.