More than ever, we should be checking in with ourselves and our loved ones. Today, is “R U OK?” day. It is a national day where Australians are reminded that it is ok to ask someone in your world who might be struggling if they are ok. Sometimes it is the friend with the biggest smile who is suffering the most.
At Red Apple, we understand how important it is to look after not only your physical wellbeing, but also your mental wellbeing. It is why we are a part of the Be You initiative that “provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health”.
Click on the link to find out more about Be You.
Below are some helpful links to support you, your children and loved ones during these unprecedented times:
• Beyond Blue’s Personal Best has some really practical ideas to implement every day.
• The Black Dog Institute has a self-care planning template, along with Emerging Minds website also has a great self-care plan.
• The Reach Out website also has a quick quiz you can take to identify some goals for your own wellbeing and health.
• The headspace app has wonderful mindfulness sessions.
A great link for those needing ideas on how important play can be in supporting your children. https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/using-play-to-support-children-during-covid-19
Here are 4 ways to also help support your child’s wellbeing:
- Limit screen time – unless it is educational or connecting with family and friends, try to limit how much time your child spends on devices
- Talk to your child about feelings – ask them how they are feeling, talk about your own feelings with them
- Spend time outdoors – Vitamin D can do wonders for your child’s health and getting active can help reduce symptoms of anxiety
- Keep connections with family and friends through letters, Facetime and over the phone.