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Wellbeing Tips for Children
Coronavirus has brought chaos and limitations to everyone around the world in some way or another.
For children in particular the constant changes and news updates can be confusing and scary but it is normal to have worries. It is important to encourage children to be aware of their feelings and look after their mental health and overall wellbeing.
Here are some tips to suggest to children:
1. Stay connected with other people
It’s really important for children to talk about their feelings to adults they trust, like parents or teachers. Encourage them to open up and not keep their worries to themselves.
If children can’t see their friends or family, try and suggest different ways of communication to them such as video calls!
2. Keep active
We all know that exercise is great for our bodies but it can also benefit our minds, making us think more positively about various situations.
It is therefore really important to make sure children get some fresh air and exercise even if that means something simple like going for a walk or riding your bike!
3. Try to be “mindful” and don’t worry about things you can’t control
Being mindful means concentrating on the present moment rather than worrying about the past or future. Practising being mindful can help children to think more positively about things and help you to enjoy life more.
Why not encourage children to set aside 5 minutes for themselves, maybe play some music in the background, and just relax!
4. Do things you enjoy
It’s important, now more than ever, to encourage children to do things they enjoy.
This could mean reading a book, playing a game, doing some arts and crafts or riding on a bike.
Why not encourage children to try something new, like baking? Finding a new hobby and learning new skills can also boost your wellbeing as it improves self-confidence and self-esteem. It can also help to connect children with others who share their interests.
5. Be kind
And finally, don’t forget to be kind!
Encourage children to be kind to themselves, remind them that it’s okay to feel worried, nervous or upset.
At the same time, encourage children to be kind to others, giving back to other people is a great way to also feel good about themselves! Why not suggest for children to ask their friends or family how they are and encourage them to really listen to their answers.
There is lots of support out there is you need help. As well as speaking to trusted adults like parents, guardians or teachers, children can also contact Childline on 0800 1111 for free at any time.
At EYR we have a range of resources designed to help support children’s emotional wellbeing. You can browse them here >