5 Ways to Wellbeing
Research tells us these proven five simple ways can make a big difference to a child’s happiness and help build their confidence and resilience.
It’s the well-being equivalent to ‘five fruit and vegetables a day’.
Try and build these simple actions into everyday life.
• Take time to talk about feelings and listen
• Share mealtimes to talk about their day
• Find activities you can enjoy together as a family
• Encourage them to see their friends outside of school rather than by phone or online
2 BE ACTIVE
• Go for a walk, run, skip, cycle, swim, dance – whatever they may enjoy, indoors or outdoors
• Find a local group sport or activity they can join
• Exercise is a mood booster and a great way to feel good5
3 TAKE NOTICE
• Take them out to a park, woods, the seaside or even a different part of the city or town so they can enjoy a varied environment
• Encourage them to notice how they are feeling and how they can process their emotions in a positive way
4 KEEP LEARNING
• Learning isn’t just for school. Encourage them to read ‘just for fun’
• Pass on skills like cooking, sewing, model making, photography and DIY so they know that learning can be fun
• Help them to be kind, share and show interest in others
• Encourage them to do something nice for a friend, family member or charity
Other helpful resources:
For more information about A Million & Me
A free parents' helpline with trained advisors who can talk to you about any aspect of your child's mental health 0808 802 5544 Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4pm.
Parent Zone offers support to families on any parenting issue including online problems.
Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 direct messaging service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. To get help from a Crisis Volunteer today, TEXT CIN to 85258. (Shout is delivered in partnership with Crisis Text Line).
Talk to your GP who will be able to provide further advice and support.