Looking After Our Well-Being Over the Summer and As We Come Out of Lockdown.
As the school term comes to a close and the summer holidays approach, it looks like we may be able to get out and about a little more but with restrictions. This has been a summer term like never before and we will all welcome the break.
If we can, and within restrictions, it will be good for our emotional well-being and mental health to get out and about and start connecting with those loved ones we have missed seeing and doing things with friends and family in the fresh air.
However, the change from staying at home and completing home learning, back into something nearing normality, may have its own worries and this may be heightened when the routine and contact with school is removed.
Children may feel anxious about coming back into school in September, whether they have been attending or not, especially as we know things may change if the spread of the virus increases again.
If anyone in your family is feeling anxious or worried over the summer, it is important to reassure them that this a perfectly normal reaction in these strange times. To support them, below is a list of websites, services and resources that are available to provide support, advice and talk.
Young Minds Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544 Monday to Friday 9.30-4pm
CYPS/CAMHS (Children and Adults Mental Health Service)
Parent Line will be open for advice and support throughout the summer:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.. Telephone reception and ask for parent line 01452-894300
You might find the following leaflets and links useful for relaxation techniques. There are plenty other websites and videos on You Tube with relaxation demonstrations suitable for all ages.
Coming Back to School
Some children may well have worries about coming back in September, which is perfectly natural thing to feel. You may share those worries and have some of your own. These resources are to give you some ideas about how to talk your child about their worries and reassure them. Just remember that however minor it seems to you, it may be a big worry to your child. These are just a sample of what resources and ideas are available on the internet.