Coronavirus Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important if you are staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In order to support children and young people, it is important that you look after yourself, the Government has produced this helpful guide looking after your own mental health and wellbeing and NHS have also provided some top tips

Staying physically active is a key part of looking after yourself and your children, for ideas on how to stay active, the NHS Change 4 Life page has lots of information about staying healthy and active and wellbeing tips for parents. Please look at our Online Learning and Activities page for more ways to stay active. 

Resources to help children understand Coronavirus

When talking to children about COVID-19, remember to keep it simple and clear ensuring you only use information that is relevant to their age and ability. We have included some useful links below:

Mental Health

Children

Keeping to a regular routine and having some structure to your day can help children to cope and manage any anxiety they feel.

Winston's Wish is the UK's childhood bereavement charity; they provide support to children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.

Doncaster's Education Psychology Service has produced a guide for parents and carers which aim to support children around any anxiety/worries they may have about coronavirus. 

Young People

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Doncaster's Education Psychology Service has produced a guide for parents and carers which aim to support young people around any anxiety/worries they may have about coronavirus. 

Information for Parents/Carers

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing
  • CAMHS provide advice for parents and carers and information on support services
  • Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
  • Mental Health Foundation have a range of content designed to give you more information about mental health and to help you look after your mental health. Their website includes podcasts, videos, inspiring stories and information about getting help if you’re struggling.
  • Every Mind Matters provides simple and practical advice to help you get a healthier mind and get more out of life.
  • Turning Point provide a wide range of health and wellbeing services. Whether you have drug or alcohol issues, a mental health concern or a learning disability, they will give you the individual support you need.
  • Doncaster Samaritans are there to give support if you are struggling, you can access support by calling 116123 free from any phone or you can access their website for information and advice on many different topics.
  • If you feel you need extra help and support Mind can provide guidance on protecting your wellbeing during this stressful time. 
  • Young Minds are there to give advice and support where needed on mental issues that can arise, they have different resources but they have a Parents Helpline which parent/carers can call or email for help.
  • Relationship Matters
  • Free online parenting programme for all Doncaster parents or carers: Courses include understanding your pregnancy, understanding your baby and understanding your child and teenager. Visit the ourplace website then enter your Doncaster postcode and use the access code STGEORGE to gain this free support and advice.
  • Your Life: Physical and Mental Health

It’s natural to want to keep up to date with what is happening and what you need to do to stay safe, but you may find it helpful to limit the amount of time you and your children are exposed to social media, and make sure you only look at reliable news sources.

#WatchYourWellbeing - Free resources to help students take care of their mental wellbeing during lockdown

The world’s leading provider of video learning has launched a campaign to help students take care of their mental health during lockdown.

#WatchYourWellbeing has been launched to champion the importance of taking care of student’s mental health, as ClickView reveals that the most watched video on their site is ‘mental health, the basics’.

With both Primary and Secondary school content available, the free site includes the following series: 

  • My Body and Brain Working Together, with engaging miniclips including Calm Breathing, which offers useful breathing strategies to practice mindfulness
  • Wellbeing, covering topics such as Resilience, with practical easy to follow tips to help you bounce back in the face of adversity
  • Understanding Anxiety, including What is Anxiety, which gives an introduction for a clearer understanding on this complex emotional state, with useful methods to calm it when it strikes and resources to download and use at home.

Staying Active

Children

Getting some fresh air and exercise is really important but if you are unable to get outdoors, you could schedule in some indoor exercise time. You could challenge your children to make up their own exercise routine. Make it fun with your own choice of music, or maybe even just have a dance around the living room! You can get inspiration for exercise ideas from the websites below:

  • GoNoodle has movement and mindfulness videos to keep younger children active.
  • Change 4 life has ideas for getting moving, staying active and having fun with your children while staying indoors. It also has ideas for simple healthy recipes you can make with your children.
  • Active Fusion have created a list of activities and programmes to help families keep leading an active lifestyle.
  • Disney dance-a-longs - Earlier this year This Girl Can also partnered with Disney to create fun dance routines that you can follow, including The Jungle Book's 'I Wanna Be Like You', Moana's 'You're Welcome', The Little Mermaid and more.
  • Nike - Active Kids Do Better - It can be great fun for families to get active together. Sometimes, even grown-ups need a bit of support. Check out Nike's Active Home family-friendly activities
  • BBC Super Movers - Fun curriculum-linked resources to get your kids moving while they learn
  • Premier League Primary - Activities to help pupils develop skills in everything from balance and coordination to athletics and throwing
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga - Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged three or over. Used in schools and homes all over the world
  • Jump Start Jonny - Fun workout videos to get kids moving 
  • Tiny Happy People - Activities for babies 

Young People

  • Change 4 life has ideas for getting moving, staying active and having fun with your children while staying indoors. It also has ideas for simple healthy recipes you can make with your children.
  • Joe Wicks' workout videos support young people and adults to keep moving and stay healthy and positive. You can  re-watch all of the videos on his YouTube channel. 
  • Tottenham Hotspurs @SpursOfficial have launched their new #SpursAtHome video home workouts. Every Monday for the next 5 weeks, Spurs coaches will be bringing video workouts that can be done in a living room or garden. They are available on YouTube.
  • Follow Active Fusion on social media for daily challenges to keep children, adults and families active at home. Active Fusion have also created a list of activities and programmes to help families keep leading an active lifestyle. 

Information for Parents/Carers

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Last updated: 03 February 2021 11:13:21