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Wellbeing Focus: Children’s Mental Health Week

Welcome to our special Wellbeing Focus for #Children’s Mental Health Week – full of ideas to help you get through these tough times. We’ve included a half term challenge and different activities for you to try. Scroll through and click on links wherever they interest you, and look out for our wellbeing posters for lots of feel-good tips!

 

Finding ways to stay in touch with our friends and family can really make such a difference to how we all feel. We can help each other celebrate the good times and provide support during the tough times.

 

 

Try creating your own support tree:

  • Write the names of everyone who makes you smile; family; friends; neighbours; clubs you belong to
  • Mark with a highlighter a person you can: laugh with, relax around, confide in, call if you’re in a difficult situation.

This can be a great way to remind us who we haven’t been in touch with for a while. Have a think about ways you can get in touch – our Connections poster has some suggestions to help get you started.

Anyone feel as though they’re missing hugs with friends right now? They can be such a great way to help us feel happy and connected. We’ve come up with a few feel-good hug alternatives to help you through:

  • Listen to music to release the cuddle hormone and stimulate the emotional circuits in your brain. How about making a playlist to share with a friend?
  • Snuggle up in a warm blanket and wrap your arms around yourself
  • Have a cuddle with your pet or an old toy or even a cosy hot water bottle
  • Send a ‘hug’ card

Perhaps there’s someone else in your family who could do with a hug too?!

Interesting Fact: Did you know that in sign language, you show a hug by clenching your fists, crossing your arms and hugging your heart?

Feel Good February ideas:

Wondering what to do with your free time? Check out these ideas to get you started:

Have a go at our ‘LockdownLife challenge’. We’d love to see your creations!

EikOnline; our Virtual Youth Club has some great weekly challenges and live sessions – check them out on Facebook or Instagram at @EikOnlinevyc

Take the ‘Young Minds’ quiz to find out what your quarantine character is.

Let PopUp Boogie take you into the groove for an hour of dancing and fun! Friends of The Eikon Charity can register for six free sessions. The first session is on Thursday 4th February. Click here for more information and to sign up.

 

Create your own ‘Mini Wellbeing Plan’, using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Finding ways to feel happy and fulfilled in life can seem quite tricky at the moment, but using the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ could be just what you need to get you started. Take a look at the poster (click to enlarge) to find out more and then have a go at creating your own action plan.

Looking for ideas to get you started? Head to Eikon’s ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing at Home’

Being in nature has a powerful effect on our wellbeing and gives our brain a boost of ‘feel-good’ vibes. As the days grow longer and the natural world springs into life, think about the different ways you can bring the outdoors into your day.

 

Take a look at our Wellbeing Posters below, full of tips and ideas to help support you:

  • Home study ideas – quick wins
  • Relaxation tips
  • Tips for a tough day
  • Sleep Tips
  • Easy Mindfulness

Feeling like you need some extra support? Take a look at these posters for extra support and ideas for your wellbeing (click to enlarge):

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional or mental health problems there is help out there for you. The Eikon website has links to some of the main support hubs.

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