I’ve been receiving a lots of messages from teachers and parents who were looking for recommendations on how best to support children who are feeling anxious at this time. I asked for recommendations of resources and I’m going to share them below.
I think routine is really important for children – especially at this time! I also think it’s really important for children to be allowed to feel how they feel – sometimes that will be sad/upset/angry/frustrated and sometimes it’ll be happy and to allow and encourage children to acknowledge those feelings. I think it’s also really important for parents and guardians to share how they’re feeling. I think it would be fair to say that everyone has had mixed feelings throughout this time – sometimes feeling happy that the pace of life has slowed down a bit, frustrated that we can’t do the things we normally do or go to the places we like to go and sad/upset that we can’t see our friends and extended family members. Don’t be afraid to share those feelings with children – it normalises them.
I think exercise and going outside are so important. Thankfully, the weather has been really nice so a walk or time in the garden every day is a good idea.
Try to avoid the news or limit the news to once/twice a day as it can be very overwhelming to watch and see the number of deaths and cases on a daily basis.
Thank you to everyone who shared their recommendations – if you have any more to include please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Books and Workbooks
- Create a worry box
- Getting outdoors
- Mindful colouring
- Time capsule
Websites and App’s
- Book of Beasties
- Cosmic Yoga
- Anxiety Gone (list of guided meditation for kids)
- Family Therapy Basics
- Advice from Department of Education and NEPS