Resources for children

               

Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling, what you are thinking, what your mood is like and how well you can cope with everyday life. When you are feeling happy, content and calm your mental wellbeing is in balance and positive, but everybody experiences times where they feel less calm and less in control of their feelings. This is a natural part of growing up as a child, and being an adult too. We all feel low sometimes so try not to worry. This can last for a short period of time where you might feel grumpy or sad, but other times this can last for a bit longer. 

Try to do things you like doing! Go for short walks, get out on your bike, or scooter. Dance and listen to your favourite music, do sensory things like play with water, even washing the dishes helps. Stroke any pets that you have or cuddle your teddy bears. Play with play dough or make cakes and biscuits - and decorate them. Get out gardening, make a bird feeder or wind chimes. Go hunting for mini-beasts and butterflies. Watch your favourite films, pamper yourself, do a dress up day,  paint or draw pictures adding as much detail as possible. All of these things will help.

This page gives you lots of resources and activities to help you stay mentally well and develop your ability to cope during challenging times, but anything else that makes you feel happy is fine as well!
 

 

                                                       

 

Keeping active

 

 

 

Mindfulness

           

Did you know that as well as being good for our bodies, physical activity improves our mental health and wellbeing? Keeping active regularly increases our self-esteem, helps us to sleep better, makes us feel  good, and reduces stress and anxiety. Here you will find yoga, dance, and other physical activities to keep you active.

 

Have you ever:

-Felt really sick or like you have butterflies in your tummy?

-Felt like you can't concentrate and are constantly worrying that something bad is going to happen?

Slowing down, breathing and feeling calm are key to managing these feelings and mindfulness can help. 

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Activities and creativity

 

 

 

Additional Resources

 

 

Being creative can improve your mood, reduce our feelings of worry and can even help focus and calm our minds. Remember there’s no such thing as can’t and it doesn’t matter if you don’t think you’re good at arts and crafts. Nothing is impossible, even the word itself tells you 'I am possible'. Find something that interests you, whether that be origami, colouring or a positivity jar.

 

 

Looking for something different? Why not  try reading a book, listening to music or improving your resilience and growth mindset. Here you can find all of the above, including some additional resources to ease your worries and answer any questions you might  have about coronavirus.

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Useful apps

 

Using the app store on your mobile phone or tablet, with your parents or carers permission, you could download any of the following apps to support you with your mental health and wellbeing.

 

Colorfy

 Stop, breathe & think kids

Smiling mind Calm Cosmic kids
         

 

                                                 

 

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