Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
5 Ways to Wellbeing
This year, we have been thinking a lot about our mental health and well-being and how we can keep our mind happy and healthy through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.
Has your child ‘Noticed’ something recently? Have they been ‘Active’ after school? Have they been ‘Learning’? Have they shown an ‘Act of Kindness’ or ‘Connected’ with people around them? If so, they’ve been helping to keep their mind healthy and happy!
Kids Kindness Club
The School of Kindness aims to spread kindness and empower children by helping them to realise that the little choices they make every day have the power to change people’s lives, improve their own health and well-being, and ultimately change the world.
Being kind is the best thing anyone can be so the School of Kindness have a special club just for children called Kids Kindness Club and (best of all) it is free to join.
Please see the link below to join:
Mental Health and Well-Being Newsletter
Miss A Critchley is contactable via email and may be able to offer support for families who need advice or who may be struggling during these times.
Hints and Tips
- It won’t be possible to replicate a full school timetable for a variety of reasons. If your child is struggling to keep up with the volume of work set please do not worry about this and just do the best you can.
- Stress and anxiety are normal responses to this unpredictable situation. Young people may show an increase in stress without being able to say why. Keep them updated on the coronavirus so that they do not have to ‘wonder’ but be mindful of how you discuss it so that it is not fear inducing. Reduce access to rolling news so that they can switch off and provide lots of reassurance.
- A consistent routine/predictable plan helps young people to feel secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than having a plan imposed on them. You could display a routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. It is important to encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan.
- Life skills are an important part of a child’s development and this time at home could provide a great opportunity for your child to spend time with family members, sharing the workload and learning valuable life skills. The following is a list of suggestions; it is useful to note that almost any activity that you engage in with your children can incorporate life skills work.
Lots of conversations
Reminding them to take turns
Reminding them to listen to other people’s contribution and responding directly about that
Create their own visual timetable that includes all of the essential elements of the day
Story Telling, Art and Crafts, Summarising, Compare and contrast conversations, Maths word problems
Can be done at any time when there is a task or chore that needs to be thought through. Simply talking through the process of defining a problem, analysing the cause and evaluating the solution will give the young person a system or process that they know they are able to use.
Coping with Stress
Relaxation techniques, exercise,
Supporting parents to prepare meals
understanding what makes a healthy menu
Creating meals from basic store cupboard ingredients
Writing shopping lists, online shopping, costing, budgeting
Use of calendar/schedule
Planning menu for the week
Cleaning rota, helping with laundry
The following links to books, advice, activities and websites may be useful to you and your child during these times: