Dear Parents/Carers,

This time of year can be particularly stressful for some, with tests looming, followed by the transition to the next school year. The following extract and resource from the Anna Freud centre provide some ideas for activities to open up conversations about how to look after ourselves.

“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:

  • music and dance
  • mindfulness
  • art

The resource was co-written by Anna Freud experts and young people, who shared ideas on self-care strategies that work for them.”

I hope you find some useful ideas here.

Kind regards,

Louise Mullier

Educational Psychotherapist

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