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COVID-19: Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Why Mindfulness?

A lot of the children were apprehensive about starting yesterday and clung onto their parents, however, after a day in school and seeing what it is like, they were much happier to bound in this morning and parents reported to me that they had a great day in school yesterday and were really pleased to be back in school. 

For me - it was lovely to hear more babbling voices, more giggling and laughter filling the classrooms and playground.

However, there are still a significant number of children at home. At school we are looking at the emotional well being of children coming in, especially looking at the effects of lockdown. Having catered for it in school, it must be really hard for lots of our families who have one child back in school and another working at home - the sense of isolation has just become profoundly worse now that their sibling is back in school. There will be a huge part of the children missing each other (even though they may have bickered continually whilst at home driving you to distraction).

This is where mindfulness training will be more important now. At school the teachers are using the site:

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/thrive-inside which gives an oversight to the emotional wellbeing and mindfulness training that will ensure the children look after their mental health. 

However, this is a site written more for employers and schools. So, I have been on a mission to see if there is anything out there that could help with mindfulness training for your children still in lockdown.

How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19 Rae Jacobson writes:

With schools closed and many parents working from home without childcare for the foreseeable future, it’s hard not to start spiraling. Responsibilities seem endless, the situation dire, and it seems like time to yourself has become a thing of the past…Take a deep breath. Literally. Feel a little better?

These are trying times, but incorporating mindful practices into your daily routine can help calm anxiety and build healthy coping skills. Here are some tips from our clinicians on making mindfulness work for you and your family.

The rest of this article is at: https://childmind.org/article/how-mindfulness-can-help-during-covid-19/

Some of you might be noticing signs of increasing anxiety in your child as they’re spending more time indoors and outside of their normal routines. These might include:

  • Regressing to behaviour they’ve outgrown, such as thumb-sucking or bed-wetting
  • Showing greater fear at being separated from you
  • Tantrums
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Expressing sadness, anger or fear
  • Sharing false information that they’re hearing from their peers or seeing online
  • Wanting to talk about coronavirus all the time
  • Not wanting to talk about the current situation at all
  • Having trouble concentrating

 Mindfulness will help with all the above issues if you are seeing anything like this at home. To explain it to children here is a great video by Kids Cosmic Yoga - Be the Pond - a guide to children and mindfulness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf5K3pP2IUQ

On the Covid-19 page of the website I have also added lots of activities that you may want to try with your child. https://www.wallop.hants.sch.uk/covid-19-wellbeing-and-mindfulness/

If you have any concerns about how your child is coping or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by e-mailing us, or phoning and speaking to us.

We’re extremely grateful for all the support you’ve shown us as we’ve adapted to these new circumstances, and we want to reassure you that we are still here to support you too.

We can and will get through this together.

 With warmest regards,

Martin Lambert

Head Teacher

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