Well Being During School Closure

Wellbeing At Home

Good Mental Health Wellbeing doesn’t mean that you wilI never experience situations that you find difficult but it does mean that you might have resilience to cope when things get tough. We want to assure you our priority is to make sure that everyone is safe and adjusting to the current situation and looking after their Mental Health and Wellbeing.  We have listed below some strategies and ideas to promote positive mental health for children and their families. 

 

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The 5 ways of Wellbeing have been designed to help us to live a mentally healthy life. Please use the link below to learn more about the 5 Ways of Wellbeing and ideas of how you can support your child’s Wellbeing.

 

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/TCS_FIVE_WAYS_TO_WELLBEING_CHILDREN.pdf

 

 

Exercise & Yoga

More than ever it is really important that the children keep exercising. Physical activity in any form is a great way to keep you physically healthy as well as improving your mental wellbeing. Cosmic Yoga have some great You Tube videos if the children are wanting to keep active and Jo Wicks is doing a live exercise class for children on his You Tube channel, The Body Coach, Mon-Fri 9-9.30am….. Parents you can join in too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArOzn2dtDdA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w

Or, if you’re looking for something less energetic, then a simple walk or a short bicycle ride once a day is allowed and a great way to keep active. (Please follow the guidelines set out by the Government)

 

Relaxation & Breathing

Kids Yoga Stories have some amazing breathing exercises for children, which will help them to relax and manage their feelings.

https://www.kidsyogastories.com/breathing-exercises-for-kids/

 

Book Recommendations

There are lots of books available to order online to help support children and their emotional wellbeing, here are a few that might help –

No Worries! Mindful Activity Book by Dr Sharie Coombes

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Over Coming Anxiety by Poppy O’Neill

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

All birds have anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann

 

Useful Numbers and Contacts

For families:

  • MIND in Bexley are still taking referrals and doing virtual appointments.  The Crisis Café remains open and is seeing clients face-to-face.  Details are in the attached poster.
  •  Bexley Coronavirus Helpline, London Borough of Bexley has setup a helpline for vulnerable residents who may need help, advice, and support linked to the coronavirus. The telephone number is 0203 045 5398 or they can be contacted online.
  •         Staying safe during COVID-19: A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, Safe Lives
  •         Online safety at home: How to support your child, Think U Know

Please remember that although we cannot be together at school, we all remain part of the Barnehurst community and family and if you are experiencing difficulties please do get in touch.  The school office is open 10-12 everyday or you can use the contact us form on the website.