Wellbeing for Parents
There are lots of resources available to help you to support your own, as well as your child's, mental health and wellbeing. Many of the websites below have simple ideas to help you and also to equip you to offer support or start a conversation with your child about how they are feeling.
Did you know that the small things can make a big difference? Watch this clip to find out more:
What can I do to help myself?
Remember that the small things really can make a big difference to how we are feeling. Try some of these 'top tips' to help with your mental health and wellbeing;
- Talk to someone - even though there are limitations on who we can see and what we can do at the moment, try staying in contact with friends and family by making a call, texting a message or setting up a zoom meeting.
- Try a new hobby or do something you really enjoy – try baking, reading a good book or dancing to your favourite music.
- Be physically active – go for a walk with someone from your household.
- Take a moment, breathe and maybe even practice some mindfulness – there are lots of simple resources to help with breathing exercises and meditation (see links below). Also check out the ‘Calm’ app; there are some really good, free resources and meditations available on this app.
What can I do to help my child?
Simply taking the time to ask; ‘How are you?’ and to have a conversation can give your child just the opportunity they need to open up and discuss their feelings. Remember, it can be the smallest things that make the biggest difference when thinking about how to be there for others.
- Take the time to talk to them - as we mentioned above, talking to someone can be really powerful, not just for your own wellbeing but for others too.
- Ask them how they are feeling - ask ‘How are you feeling?' and remember - it doesn't hurt to ask twice - 'How are you really?' or ‘Are you sure you’re ok?’
- Take the time to listen - you don't need to have all the answers or be able to solve the problem straight away. Sometimes, just the act of listening can really help someone else and reminds them that they're not alone.
You don't need to be an expert - just being there for someone else is enough
Active listening – take the time to listen carefully
Keep it simple- small acts of kindness can make the biggest difference to someone
Take care of you - it is important to make sure that you look after yourself as it is only when you take good care of yourself that you can best look after others.
Public Health England (PHE) guide to looking after your feelings and your body (linked to the Covid-19 pandemic)
PHE have produced a useful guide to wellbeing which will be useful for you and your family. Certain aspects of the guide might be useful for you to look at with your child. It could be a good way to start the conversation about how they are feeling or might just be a chance to check in with them. Look carefully at the content yourself before starting a conversation with your child.
Useful websites and resources
Simple ways to look after your wellbeing
Break the Stigma
Mindfulness resources and links
Calm app - mindfulness and meditation
Links to services and charities supporting mental health and wellbeing
Websites which have lots of information to support you in supporting your child