A lot of resources on this page are from the ELSA support site and I must thank Debbie for all her support. www.elsasupport.co.uk
Hi boys and girls, it's Mrs Martin here! I am missing all of you and your lovely smiles that brighten up my day when I see each and every one of you. I am uploading a few ideas each week to try and help you whilst at home to keep your mental health in tip top condition! If you want some help in a certain area just email and I'll try and put them on here.
Take 2 minutes now, look out of the window, what can you see? What can you hear? What can you smell?
April Well Being Calendar
A good way to track how you are feeling is to write your feelings down each day. Use this as a guide, but you can make your own diaries. Draw or write how you are feeling each day and a reason why, you can then discuss this at the end of the day or at the end of each week with an adult. Enjoy!
Use the above checklist and worksheet to help you when you are feeling anxious or worried about something. Remember that once you have completed the worksheet, talk about it with an adult so they know how you are feeling.
A monthly well being challenge is a good way to keep your mind occupied and to have a bit of fun every day. Let me know how you get on with the challenges if you can. Have fun and enjoy them!
Colouring is a fantastic way to relax, calm yourself and take time away from everything. Google mindful colouring and there are lots of sites that you can print off pictures to colour in. If you don't have a printer, pick a dark pen and on a piece of paper start to draw squiggly lines but don't take your pen off the paper (as I've done above)! Once finished you should have lots of different sized shapes/areas to colour in. Put your favourite music on or try some relaxing music and colour away!
How can you turn that negative into a positive. Use this helpful booklet to keep a track of any negative thoughts and turn that negative into a positive. Speak to your mums or dads about the negative thought you are having and write down a solution that you come up with. When you are feeling that thought again, go back to your booklet.
Make a positive paper chain. Start with lots of paper and cut them into strips. On each strip write something positive in your life, it could be:-
- The sun is shining
- I have my family
- I can speak to my friends on the phone
You can make different paper chains:-
- All the positive things in your life
- All the kind things that you have ever done
- All the people you love
- All the different emotions you have felt and why
- All the things that make you happy
- All the things you are proud of
The list is endless, decorate them with pictures as well and brighten up your room or house!
If you are feeling a little angry or anxious then make a calming dice. Use one that is below or make one of your own with your own calming strategies.
Lots of children will feel slightly nervous or anxious being away from their normal school routine. A good way to ease their anxiety is to plan the day ahead visually and in chunks-morning/afternoon/evening. Try some of these resources or make your own with your child. Have fun!