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Emotional/ Mental Wellbeing

This advice is very age appropriate for our children.

CONNECT - This is about spending time with people, building in time for relationships and connection to others and sharing experiences, both every day and special. It could be something as simple as children talking to their family or arranging a day out with a friend. 

TRY SOMETHING NEW- KEEP LEARNING - Young people get a great sense of achievement when they have the chance to acquire new skills. Children who engage regularly in learning that is not school work, such as reading for fun, report better levels of wellbeing than those who don’t. 

EXERCISE- Exercise is about being active, not (necessarily) about going to the gym! Walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of a lift or escalator, going for a cycle ride with a friend are all good ways of being active. Children and young people who do regular exercise have higher levels of mental wellbeing than those who don’t. 

APPRECIATE- Taking the time to stop and notice things in our environment is surprisingly good for our wellbeing. Children and young people who notice and enjoy their surroundings on most days are significantly less likely to have low levels of wellbeing – of all the Five Ways, this seems to have the greatest impact. Practicing mindfulness can also be a positive way to take notice and appreciate simple things.

GIVE TO OTHERS - Giving is really about kindness, not just money or material things. Children who have opportunities to learn things for fun have higher levels of wellbeing than those who don’t. So, for younger children, in whom “creativity, play and imagination” were shown to promote wellbeing, it can be good to offer activities that include “giving” in a broad sense.

Anxiety - Support from Young Minds

For parents whose child is struggling with anxiety, a guide for parents and a video where young people share their stories and experiences of living with anxiety. 
Download parent anxiety guide 
Watch video 

 

File icon: pdf Parent.pdf [pdf 978KB] Click to download

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Mental Health and Wellbeing week this year was about the benefits of nature on our wellbeing. 

Here are some further resources to help you and your family engage with nature.

File icon: pdf NatureMe-Booklet-2021.pdf [pdf 3MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Step into Spring v3.pdf [pdf 4MB] Click to download