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Mental Health

 

Coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives and there are constant news updates about the pandemic which can make it feel never-ending. It is impacting our lives in so many ways which in the long term can affect our Mental Health. Juggling work, home schooling and trying to keep things “normal” can be hard work so it is important to take time out for yourself, exercise, do a hobby where possible and have some down time.

 

This Change curve is really helpful in understanding all the emotions we are going through right now and how we respond to it.

There are quite a few Facebook pages you can join, where other parents’ share thoughts and ideas, it is also helpful to share your experiences with others. It helps to connect through calls, text and the internet, social media can be full of great ideas  and support not always doom and gloom.

Also please click on the download below for a  list of Virtual Field trips and museum tours  you and your family can enjoy.

Facebook groups to join - search:

‘Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas’

‘Dads Matter’ also web page https://www.dadsmatteruk.org/

Hereford group – ‘Mums Local’

NHS - Every Mind Matters page also has some great information , try out the mind plan quiz  and get top tips and advice for you. 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/

If you do have any free time why not look into some further education to busy your mind and stimulate your brain:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52447539

 

Loneliness during lock down - 

Many of us are experiencing loneliness during the current Pandemic. We are all trying to stay safe but at the same time  missing our friends and families massively. It is not just you that feels this way and it is good to offers support to others that may be feeling this way. Click on the Mental Health Foundation website link below to find out ways Loneliness can affect your Mental Health, how to prevent it and what you can do for others that may be suffering from Loneliness.

 

Parenting During Covid-19

There have been big changes in everyone's lives because of the Coronavirus - Covid-19 , So the Children's commissioner has created a children's guide to the Coronavirus to help explain.

The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Click on the link below and find out some useful information on ways to keep your children well informed, occupied and worry free.

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf

Axel Scheffer, of Julia Donaldson books fame offers this little gem to help children understand the virus and what's going on:

https://axelscheffler.com/books-for-older-children/coronavirus

It is important to create a structure and routine regarding school work while in isolation.  There are many Educational sites available to you to help you home school your children including daily PE workouts with Joe Wicks, maths with Carol Vorderman, fun and learning with CBeebies.

Try to make education fun for yourself and your children to keep them interested, have regular breaks and keep it fun with games, books and Movies.

Please explore the various links below for activities and lessons for all ages:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

http://themathsfactor.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/videos

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups

https://www.livingandloving.co.za/for-fun/16-fun-and-simple-at-home-activities-for-kids

 

There are also many Facebook pages/groups you can join with lots of fun activities for you and your families to do. Log into Facebook and search Family lock down, help, tips and ideas. Please click on the download below for recipe ideas and virtual field trips for you and your family to enjoy.

 

 

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