Children's Mental Health Week 1st - 7th Feb 2021
We hope you're coping with the reintroduction of the lockdown restrictions? Reportedly over 30% of people working from home feel a negative impact on their mental well being. Many children are feeling the impact too.
Access guides 10 Tips to a healthy mind and Creating the right environment by renowned family psychiatrist Usha Chudasama.
There are a few simple things we can do as parents to support our children.
1. Sharing our own feelings helps encourage self awareness, focusing particularly on teaching children to articulate their own feelings.
Emotion Cards are a great way to discuss feelings with children. Click on the Emotion Cards to get a download to printout and use at home.
2. Setting aside time to focus on one to one play and activities.
Children learn through play, therefore cultivating interests and hobbies is an important part of their development.
3. Practice self care for yourself to set the standard, establish a family self care routine.
Spend time together doing things that different members of the family love.
Worry dolls are a great way to engage in a conversation about feelings whilst doing an activity together, which can help children to open up. If a problem shared is a problem halved, its no wonder worry dolls have been used around the world for centuries to help children to open up, discuss and feel more content.
The theme of 2021 Children's Mental Health week is EXPRESS YOURSELF!
Some great ideas on these activity sheets to print out and try with your kids.
Provided by Place2B organisers of Children's Mental Health Week.