5 Ways to Wellbeing

11/03/2020

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.

1 CONNECT

• 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

5    GIVE

• 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:

BBC Children in Need A Million & Me

For more information about A Million & Me

YoungMinds 

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 

Parent Zone offers support to families on any parenting issue including online problems.

Shout​​​​​​​

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).

GP

Talk to your GP who will be able to provide further advice and support.