'Love, Courage and Fellowship'
Just as we look after our physical health, it’s important to look after our mental health.
Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help your body and mind to relax, drift away, or be more energised.
This self-care plan walks primary-aged children through a series of steps, helping them create a simple self-care plan that works for them. It helps children identify activities that they can use to support their mental health.
Some of the suggested self-care activities include:
The resource was co-written by Anna Freud Centre experts and young people, who shared ideas on self-care strategies that work for them.
When we are feeling anxious, low or distressed, we can get caught up in negative thoughts and how bad we are feeling. These leaflets suggest some ideas on how to help your child during these times. The self-soothe box is an especially lovely idea and everyone should have one of these to hand!
Here are a selection of 10-15 min films which are available on the CAMHS website. These are focussed on supporting primary aged young people with their mental health. It is a series of activities they can try which will support their own good mental health. All the films do a 'check in' which encourages all young people to think about, and understand, their emotions.
Does your child suffer with sleep issues? Do you struggle with your child's bedtime?