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07 February 2021
Home schooling, lack of social interaction, feeding off of stressed parents and the general worries of Covid. It’s no wonder our children are feeling stressed and anxious in the current climate. We all know how difficult it is to stay motivated when being at home all the time. And we certainly know how much these constraints have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It’s important our little people understand how to protect their mental health and express their emotions and concerns in a healthy way.
Introducing a ‘feelings’ chart can help your children check in with their feelings throughout the day. As well as realising that their parents, friends and teachers may also be feeling the same. Simply taking a moment in the morning, at lunch and in the evening to ask the question “How are you feeling?”. And then selecting one word to describe the feeling: sad, happy, tired, confused, worried, grumpy, angry, frustrated, excited, inspired etc. It’s also a fantastic way of developing vocabulary and spelling!
Having a healthy routine can add a lot of comfort and stability to this unsettling time. Sticking to a morning routine of waking at the same time, getting dressed, having a healthy breakfast, taking a dedicated break at lunch away from the virtual classroom. Getting some fresh air and exercise outside if possible. And having a set wind down period for the end of the day to encourage a healthy sleep routine.
There’s a lot to be said for a good night’s sleep. Our young ones need that rest to allow for healthy development and growth. A healthy sleep routine should begin at least one hour before bedtime. Incorporating an Epsom salt bath, relaxing essential oils (lavender and mandarin) and a calming night time read can help set the tone for a relaxed night of sleep.
What better time to start meditating than when you’re a child? Give your little people the gift of mindfulness to help them now and for the rest of their life. Meditation and mindfulness is proven to help maintain positive mental and physical health as well as leading to greater happiness and fulfilment. Simple exercises in mindfulness and meditation can take as little time as 5 minutes.
We’re all experiencing the challenges that come with lockdown and our youngest members of the family are no exception. A few small changes can make a mountain of difference to keeping our future generations mentally and physically healthy at a most challenging time.
Stock up on Newton Wood Epsom Salt Refill Packs to allow your entire family to benefit from a quality night’s sleep at the most stressful of times.
I have muscular pains and soaking in these Epsom salts relaxes and eases the pain.