It’s National Mental Health Awareness Week!
When was the last time you took a deep breath, unwound and relaxed?
We know this is an unsettling and stressful time for families, and therefore it’s more important than ever that we take some time in our week to focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing. There are a number of activities that you can do with your families to benefit your physical and mental wellbeing, and at Enjoy Education, we’ve been practising what we preach; this week, we’ve spent time cooking, making art, and exercising in the fresh air! This recipe is a particular favourite of ours to use up cupboard staples.
Children’s mental health and wellbeing is as important as their academics, and spending time focusing on these aspects will help them develop as happy, healthy and proactive learners. This is at the core of our home-schooling philosophy, and we have a wealth of experience supporting students who might have struggled with this in the past. We work with a number of specialist advisors and tutors in this area too, and we are always available to talk to any parents feeling concerned about their child. Please contact Felicia, our Head of Home-schooling, if you’d find this helpful.
Here are a few different things you can try at home to help your Mental Health and Wellbeing too..!
You don’t have to be a professional to love to dance! Why not combine your favourite songs with an opportunity for a rush of energy (and a few laughs too!) and throw some dance breaks into your day. Here’s a link to Pharrell Williams – Happy to get you dancing!
TAKE A NATURE WALK
A long walk can be a fantastic way to unwind. If you’re in a city, see how many ‘Support our NHS’ rainbows you can see in windows, or if you’re in the countryside, why not count the different animals you spot?
CREATE A ‘CALM DOWN’ JAR
Throw some warm water, glitter glue, and glitter into a jar, and have your children shake it up. Seeing the glitter slowly floating to the bottom can be an incredibly soothing thing to watch, and children can use it after a difficult or stressful moment, combining the action with some deep breathing, or another mindfulness exercise
FASHION A STRESS BALL
Stress balls can be extremely useful to help manage those worrisome moments. Fill a balloon with flour, rice, or playdough with a small funnel, knot the end, and double wrap the ball with another balloon for security. This is also a great tool for nervous children.
TRY A YOGA CLASS
Yoga is an activity that’s great for your wellbeing. Spend time with your family whilst connecting your mind to your body, and managing stress. Online classes like Yoga with Adriene is a fantastic way to start your journey, and if you get a taste for it, we have some Yoga teachers already working with some of our families, who would love to support you!
LINK TO LIFE!
Why not buy a small herb plant – your favourite: basil, thyme, rosemary… – next time you’re food shopping? Growing plants can be a really positive and mindful activity for children: watching them grow, watering them, and checking they’re healthy, is satisfying and constructive. They could even write notes, or take pictures of them, to track their progress.
GREAT ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
There are a huge number of resources out there to help with mental health and wellbeing.
Here are some suggestions you might like to take a look at today:
A great source of activities, resources, and help for mental health by the organisers behind Mental Health Awareness Week.
Random Acts of Kindness
Ideas to help you spread some smiles!
Partnership for Children
Activities for adults to complete with children during the lockdown.
Mindfulness activities for children and teens!
Mindfulness for Mums
An audiobook with simple tips to help you and your family feel calm, connected and content.
Quote of the day
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
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