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Mental Health & Well-Being

How to Combat the Effect of Isolation and Social Distancing

The NHS highlights five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing making us feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. Though it can be difficult in isolation it is important to find new ways to engage. 

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Connect 

Continue to connect remotely with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by using Skype or Facetime. Also use the time to develop relationships by spending quality time with those with you in isolation. 

Be Active

Joe Wicks Daily PE workout at 9am every school day - https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

50 things to do outdoors with your children, some of these can be done in your back garden including making wild art pictures to having snail races - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50-things-to-do

Dance with Oti Mabuse      https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=dance+with+oti+mabuse

A child friendly yoga workout    https://www.cosmickids.com/

Keep Learning

Teachers will be setting work to complete but why not learn a new skill, like a language or an instrument during your downtime, or set yourself a challenge

A link to a Lego 30 day challenge sheet - https://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-printable-30-day-lego-challenge-instant-download/

Work towards a Blue Peter badge - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

A free YouTube channel for any budding illustrators - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbpwB792UfmrY9JeQ2nk5Iw

A selection of audio children’s stories including fairy tales, myths and classics. - https://www.storynory.com/ and https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Music with Myleene Klass   -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

Give to Others

Spend time checking in on friends and family, offering support where you can. This is a good time for children to help with chores around the house. 

Be Mindful 

Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.    https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/865781/april_2020.jpg

ELSA support website with a list of 14 days of emotion-based activities including mindfulness and self-esteem - https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-14-day-self-isolation-activities/?fbclid=IwAR3SCcArlT2z3lBT0uSJWxHHMSS9BCeJS9ydW0QOehxMmU1AMubuJVy_p

Online Help 

Kooth – online counselling support commissioned by Surrey NHS. Young people can log in to access free, safe and anonymous online counselling from BACP accredited counsellors every day until 10pm. There can be long waiting times in the current climate. The website also has forums, groups and articles. www.kooth.com 

ChatHealth NHS – This is a service for all young people to discuss various concerns you may have including uncontrolled anger, friendship issues, medical conditions, healthy eating or general worries and negative thoughts. Text a Surrey School Nurse on 07507329951 

Childline – counselling support on the phone, online or by email. Phone calls can be made 24 hours a day by calling 0800 1111. Young people don’t need credit and it won’t show on the phone bill www.childline.org.uk 

Young Minds – There are articles providing advice and support for students and parents. https://youngminds.org.uk/