Mental Health help for young people
3 resources for young people on anxiety, physical distancing and self-isolating, now available on our website, with a variety of languages and more to come!
If youre a young person and would like to share your story, or short video of how you are looking after yourself in these extraordinary times, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Paid for things that are now free
This site lists a number of things which are free at the moment.
I’m so excited, during this time of lockdown, we have been made to live life differently, we’re embracing this & have created something truly special
Many of you would normally go to a gym class, get your nails done, have your hair styled, see a therapist, attend college, see friends .. be out and about on your normal day/week/month
We are bringing it to you ONLINE for FREE
So far we have a
🏝Beauty expert giving demonstrations
🏖Pilates instructor running classes
🏝Personal trainer running sessions
🏖Zumba instructor running classes
🏝British sign language tutor teaching basics
🏖Hair stylist doing demonstrations
🏝A wellness coach/doctor giving advice
🏖A teacher giving home schooling tips
🏝A nurse coaching on reducing stress and mindset
🏖A nutritionist giving recipe ideas and tips
I’m sure we will have many more skilled people offering their services
This is available to all & great for the whole family – if you would like to tap into these amazing people for free, let me know & I’ll add you to my private group where I will run it from
See you all there islanders 😘
A list of things which you normally pay for, now free
Sources of COVID SUPPORT.docx
This is a link to an ongoing document produced by Pete Renwick. There are a bunch of initiatives underway already and no doubt more will emerge as time goes on.
Yale’s most popular class ever is available for free online — and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life
Resources for Freelance Artists
Fitness Studio exercise videos from the NHS
Choose a workout from the NHS Fitness Studio’s range of online exercise videos.
Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
These workouts have been created by fitness experts InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.
Some really useful advice for parents to keep in mind
Some super helpful advice to be truly mindful of, for our kids sake = not their school work…
Dear parents with school aged children
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behaviour issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in class, we will meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do maths. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.
Stay safe! ♥️