Wellbeing and Covid 19 guidance

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.  Therefore we will not fear."

Psalm

46:1-2

We have all entered uncertain and anxiety-provoking times. There is now much unknown and incongruence in our lives. It This has required an enormous shift in lifestyle for nearly all of us.

School creates predictability. During the time of school closure we lost that predictability and structure which helped to create a feeling of safety. At times when schools might be closed to a bubble or pupils are self-isolating, we we want to create a routine with our families, to help reduce the sense of threat that the unknown can bring.

We recommend at the beginning of each day, as a family, talk about the schedule for the day – talk about what you’re going to do in the day, how you’re going to plan the day.

We suggest proactively filling each day with regulation activities – e.g. including regular movement as part of routine/schedule – build in dance parties – maybe find online some 5 minute workout videos – go for walks – build them into the day.  Have a look at the suggestions in the links below.

Info

 This link offers some excellent resources and social stories for current Covid19 and post Covid 19 situations regarding school.

Young Minds website – Link

Safetynet have produced a special edition of their newsletter to reflect the challenging times that we find ourselves in. It includes info about Covid 19, home schooling and local services available.

This page has links for helpful resources around cv19, including Mindfulness activities, videos and stories.  Please remember if you find yourself needing extra support in any way, to contact Zoe Garbarz on her email [email protected].

In response to the coronavirus epidemic, Mentally Healthy Schools have produced an extremely useful resource including a variety of resources that can be used to ensure pupil mental health and wellbeing is being maintained during this uncertain time.  This includes resources for school staff.

 This online tool offers a free, personalised action plan, approved by the NHS, providing specific advice for those currently looking after young people or working from home.

This 20 minute seated exercise is ideal for anyone working from home or to support individuals to take an active break.

 

stories and books for children

 My Changing World – an excellent resource created by the Brighton and Hove Inclusion team to help children process their understanding and feelings about Covid-19.

A picture book about worries and the corona virus

Breathing makes it better – a book for sad days, mad days, glad days and all the feelings in between

What’s going on – explaining Covid-19 to younger children

I would rather go out

The Stay Home Superheroes  – Audio version – Video version

The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook: You tube link

Children’s Guide to Corona Virus

Coronavirus – a Book for Children can be downloaded as pdf.  It is a question and answer book which has been created with healthcare professionals and is recommended for children between 5-9 years.

Tips for parents and suggestions for activities

 

Talking to your children about the Yucky Bug

Regulation Activities

Some fun and silly songs and music activities you and your children might enjoy

Obstacle courses might help to regulate and provide entertainment – You tube link

Example of a grounding activity for adults and children, that can help to regulate the nervous system, through focusing on our senses: 5 things I can see, 4 things I can touch, 3 things I can hear, 2 things I can smell, 1 thing I can taste: You tube link

Here is some more detailed information, written by a play therapist, as to how parents can help children during this time:  Blog

Five Ways to Wellbeing in Isolation

Daily Wellbeing Activities