Four days late (and over a month since the last blog), but better late than never. Especially when it comes to the mental health of our kids! This week (1st – 7th February) marks Children’s Mental Health Week 2021. We tend to focus a lot more on eating healthy and exercising (both which help with mental health), but there’s a lot more we can do.
As I near the end of reading ‘Emotional Intelligence’ by Daniel Goleman, it’s an important reminder of how aware we are of our emotions and mental wellbeing. By being aware, we are able to control the emotions and thoughts, or seek help in doing so. This is highlighted even more this year by the pandemic and lockdown. With children not able to go to school to play with their friends, join after-school clubs, or enjoy birthday parties together, we need to check-in and ensure they are okay.
I am not knowledgeable in this area, so will leave it to the schools and experts. There are links below to the official Children’s Mental Health Week site courtesy of Place2Be, along with additional resources and information from the BBC. Cara’s school has been brilliant in promoting this week (far better than me!). Some of the activities planned include mindset mornings, afternoon discos and yoga sessions. It has been a very supportive week.
For more information
Link to the Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 – plenty of information and activities for both kids and parents. Lots of handy tips to help open conversations with your children.
Link to the BBC site for more information – summary of what the week is about and how you can look after your mental wellbeing during lockdown.
If you have any other tips or sites that help, please comment down below.