Information Update: 9.4.20
As time goes by, I think it’s really important for us all to be looking after our well-being as much as we can.
If we as adults are managing, our children will benefit greatly. Apologies if some of these are obvious, but sometimes it is the obvious that alludes us.
Top tips for coping with isolation
Keep a daily routine going as much as possible, while also allowing for the fact that things will be different and trying not to give yourself a hard time about this. Getting your children involved in planning and preparing meals might help to structure your days, breaking up the time and giving your family regular opportunities to gather together.
Get some fresh air and exercise together every day – whether that’s walking, running, scooting, skipping, doing an online workout or an egg and spoon race in the garden! This is really important for wellbeing and helps to lift our mood. The government is currently advising that people can go outside with people they live with once a day for exercise – as long as no one in the household is showing symptoms or has a condition that means they need to isolate more strictly.
Connect online with family and friends. Having contact with our support networks is really important at the moment – and you and your children can keep in touch with people using free apps such as Whatsapp, Facetime, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and more. If you’re in touch with other parents from your child’s class, can you come up with some ideas together for staying connected?
Search online for free activities your children can join in with virtually – helping them stay entertained and giving you opportunities for a quick break. You can find free online classes for young people in dance, P.E. workouts, science, yoga and more. For more activity ideas and suggestions on how you can use this time together to start a conversation with your child about their mental health during these uncertain times, have a look at our page on: https://youngminds.org.uk/starting-a-conversation-with-your-child/activities-and-conversation-starters-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Make a boredom jar. Ask your children what their favourite indoor activities are and use them to make a lucky dip or boredom jar. Write their ideas down on strips of paper and keep them in any container you’ve got, such as a bag, bowl, jar or hat. In moments of boredom or struggle, invite them to choose something they know they enjoy doing. Depending on their age, activities could include crafting, making playdough, dressing up, baking or cooking, watching their favourite film or playing a video or board game with you.
Exciting art opportunity
I’d also like to alert you to the Royal Academy Young Artist summer show which any child from 5 -19 years can submit work. More information can be found at: https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/
There is no theme, is free and will be taking place online this year. The school has registered in order for our pupils to take part if they wish. So if your child would like to submit an entry all you have to do is register as a parent/ guardian and upload their artwork by 24th April.
Here for you
Please remember that we continue to be here for you. We are very aware many of our families will be managing on reduced incomes during this period. We have many contacts with support agencies, food banks and we have the Myatt Garden Community Fund which is available to help, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can help you and your family. You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org , 020 8691 0611 or 07742 967605.
Take care, stay well and look after yourselves.