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Supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing

Supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing 

Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” However, it is important to realise that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness. While it does include happiness, it also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life as a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.

Here at Ludworth, we believe that the wellbeing of our staff, children and families should always be of the highest importance, but even more so in these unprecedented times.

 

5 Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing help people take care of their mental health and wellbeing. Regularly practising the Five Ways is beneficial for everyone – whether you have a mental health challenges or not.

 

Why the Five Ways work:

  • Connect: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others, including at work, is critical to boosting wellbeing.
  • Be Active: Being physically active, including at work, improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
  • Take Notice: Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.
  • Keep Learning: Being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life more generally positively stimulates the brain.
  • Give: Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.

 

Each week we will set Ludworth Families 5 wellbeing challenges to complete together during the current lockdown.

We hope you enjoy spending time together (away from Home Learning) and have fun trying new things and experiences as a family.

Building and maintaining Resilience

Here are some resources provided by Nick Dux - Resilience Coach and Consultant. Nick has worked with staff, children and families in our school for a number of years. He has provided staff training, parental workshops and 1:1 pupil support on building up resilience and personal development.

The powerpoint gives you some information about building and maintaining your child's resilience, while the video gives some practical tips for supporting yourself and your child through the current lockdown. 

Lockdown tips for parents.mp4

Still image for this video

Guides to supporting you and your child

Books to help open up conversations about mental health with your child

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