…this short guide will give you tips to keep your whole family busy and well in this difficult time.

The current situation is difficult for everyone.
School closures, parents working from home
and social distancing all mean big changes to
family life. As we all take important steps to look
after the nation’s health it’s also vital that we
look after our mental wellbeing….

Looking after each other

Be kind to yourself, and each other – this is new to all of us, it’s OK if you’re not OK, or if you don’t have a family plan figured out yet. Remember too that children will be feeling anxious and unsettled, give yourself and each other time and support.

Don’t stop doing what keeps you well – think about ways you can adapt your usual coping strategies but don’t give up on them.

Try and maintain a routine – this can be a big help with anxiety, sleep and mood for all ages. This could include using the five ways to wellbeing – some ideas are on the next page.

It’s ok to ask for help – there are lots of groups offering local support, and lots of online opportunities for help or just someone to talk to. Recognising when you need a bit of help is a positive thing for your family, no one can do it all by themselves.

Some useful resources:

Young Minds have information for young people and parents,
including a parent’s helpline.
BBC Bitesize free learning and activities for all ages and
school years.
Elefriends online peer support for anyone with a mental health issue.

Homeschooling? Set a routine and make sure everyone has breaks from screens. Its a good idea to take a break every hour.

5 ways to wellbeing…

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The while
family could…
Talk, eat and play
together. Keep in
touch with wider
family and friends
through calls and
online.
Follow online
exercise sessions
together.
Have a sports day
in the garden or
living room.
Take time yo watch
or listen to birds
and insects. Check
out some bitesize
mindfulness.
Learn a new skill
or craft together.
Do puzzles or
research together.
Support each
other – it’s hard
for everyone. Help
each other out
with school work
or housework.
Teens and Young
adults could….
Keep in touch with
friends through
calls, messages
and social media.
Join online interest
groups.
Use online
tutorials and
exercise videos.
Get helping out
with DIY or
gardening.
Take a look at
online mindfulness
guides. Do some
arts and crafts.
Take photographs.
Take advantage
of online learning
from schools /
colleges. Teach
yourself a new
skill.
Help younger
siblings with
school work, or
help parents
around the house.
Children could…Write letters to
friends and family
members. Make
postcards to send.
Facetime friends
or family.
Play in the garden.
Build obstacle
courses.
Dance to some
music
Keep a journal or
diary. Do some
arts and crafts or
draw pictures,
perhaps about the
world around you
Do a project on
something that
interests you.
Grow some seeds.
Help with cooking.
Make pictures,
stories and letters
for people who
are isolated.
Make a rainbow to
put in the window.
Parents could…Keep in touch
through phone calls
and messages. Use
online platforms
such as Elefriends.
Follow online
exercise sessions.
Stick some music
on and get stuck
into gardening, DIY,
or housework.
Take regular
breaks, even if
working from home.
Try to get fresh air,
even if just from a
window.
Learn with the
kids through free
online courses.
Make time to read,
craft or cook
something new.
Help with local
schemes to support
others.
Take time to talk
and read with the
family.

This toolkit is produced by our partners at Mind Solent. They offer some fantastic training courses to help manage your teams mental health and wellbeing.