KS2 Well-being Ideas

Here are some ideas and activities to try at home to help feel calmer and more relaxed.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and pay better attention to the world around us, especially how we interact with it through our bodies. Mindfulness techniques and meditations are designed to awaken us to the sensations of the present moment, such as the sound of the birds or the feel of an object. The goal is that we are not caught up in the constant workings of our thoughts and have more time to see the present moment clearly.  
The link below is a good introduction to the mindfulness technique https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mindfulness-10-minute-practice-exercise  

Headspace
Headspace is an app that introduces you to meditation techniques that children can do alone or together with a parent. It’s free to use but a premium pay service is advertised. The app can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on all smart phone devices.  
Exercise
Keeping active is important for our mental wellbeing. Moving our bodies helps us to feel better and can improve how we feel in these challenging circumstances. Getting into a routine really helps. Joe Wicks is doing a great job at keeping the nation healthy at the moment with his 9am PE lessons and they can be viewed at any time, just follow the link below for his full list of workouts.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ  
There are also exercise ideas published on the NHS website which shows you how to do a whole range of activities whatever your mobility.
See the link below    
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/free-fitness-ideas/  
Dance is also a great way to get your exercise, have fun and look after your mental health. You can follow routines if you wish, there are of lots of Just Dance tutorials on YouTube but you can be as creative as you like and let your body do the talking.  
Write Down Your Thoughts and Feelings
Writing things down or keeping a diary can help you reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it might be difficult to talk about what you’re feeling or you may not want to share it vocally. Writing things down may help to organise your thoughts a little and give you a chance to get your feelings out.  
The link below explains this in greater detail http://shawmindfoundation.org/the-power-of-writing-and-journaling-for-mental-health/  
Alternatively, if you don’t want to write then draw! Whatever best suits you.  
Coding
Learning a new skill may be something that you find rewarding and relaxing. Coding may add a little structure to your day and provide a great alternative to your regular home learning.
The link below is a free site which offers free coding experience and the chance to take part in projects
https://www.freecodecamp.org/  
Scratch is a code building website where you can make your own games, stories and animations and it’s free!
https://scratch.mit.edu/  
Baking and Cooking
Making something is another new skill you may want to try and even better if you get to eat the finished product! Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and there are many simple recipes on the BBC Good Food website.  
Here’s a simple one that uses a microwave and some easy to follow instructions
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/microwave-mug-cake  
Time Away from Technology
Sometimes, time on social media is welcome distraction as it gives us the opportunity to be creative and speak to our friends when we can’t see them in school or in person. Likewise, we can game and take part in playing live with our friends.    
However, it important to remember that too much time using technology however, can impact our mental health. It can distort our view on ourselves and create anxiety. It can also lead to arguments with friends and misunderstandings. Communicating through technology is a lot harder than face to face, and sometimes we don’t always come across how we would in the real world.  Most importantly, for the majority of social media sites, you need to be aged 13 or older (and none of the children at The Meadows are as old as that). So, make sure that you take some time away from your screens, play a board game or with toys. Colour or get creative using craft material and items in the home.  
For a simple craft idea, try origami. All you need is paper and to follow the instructions. Here are some simple origami tutorials (ironically) on YouTube  
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=origami+easy  
Hope Box
A hope box (or a whatever-you’d-like-to-call-it box) is a place to put special memory items or little trinkets, such as photos of an important day, concert or train tickets, gifts or notes that friends or family have given, or even receipts for things you’d like to remember enjoying. You could put in letters from your friends with words of encouragement, or birthday cards from loved ones. Some people might like to include smells that make them happy, such as a perfume tester or some dried lavender.   The link below can give you further ideas
https://papyrus-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Hope-box.pdf    
Listen to Music
A lot of young people we spoke to said listening to music helped them manage their feelings in several different ways:
Listening to music you know you enjoy to help improve your mood.
Singing along to music loudly to release built up tension/anger.
Listening to music similar to the emotion you’re feeling to release pent up emotions.
Listening to music that is the opposite to what your feeling e.g Calming music when you are feeling anxious to help to soothe yourself