Art Therapy at Home Guidance for Parents Positive Wellbeing for Parents Parents, your mental wellbeing is equally as important as your child's, because in order to look after children, you need to take care of yourself. We've asked our art therapists to provide some guidance on how you can keep fit in this unusual time. They have highlighted important things to remember: Share worries and seek out support from friends and family Live a healthy lifestyle Do things that make you happy Make time for you to relax Try mindfulness, yoga, or meditation Take up a creative hobby that you can use to express yourself Give yourself the time out you are encouraging your child to have Keep informed about topics that concern your children Never stop talking and listening through good and bad Art Therapist Tips on Supporting Your Child Your child’s feelings have an impact on their daily functioning including their behaviour, productivity and creative expression. Our therapists have passed along some very helpful tips and reminders when interacting with your child to promote their positive wellbeing. Be aware: Pay attention to your child's reactions and behaviours from day to day as they indicate how they are feeling at a particular time. Identify causes: Help your child recognise the causes that underlie the feelings they’re experiencing. Communicate: Talking about emotions with others can be an effective way to deal with them, so make it clear that you will listen carefully to what they have to say, and offer comfort when needed. Value self-reflection: Model and reiterate the benefits of thinking things through. Encourage resilience: Help children develop the ability to deal effectively and creatively when things don’t go right, change, or transition. Relationship building: Because relationships with family and friends affect the way we feel, it’s important to encourage children to build connections. Help children experience opportunities for active play, sharing, collaboration, and lots of peer and family time. Self-esteem: Children often face uncertainties and have to cope with challenging environments or situations. Reinforcement and encouragement can strengthen children’s self-esteem, and instill feelings such as optimism. Remember the essentials: There are certain non-negotiables that sustain their well-being: safety, unconditional love, sensible and fair guidance, connectivity, honesty, and understanding and respecting their feelings. Helpful Apps for Your Wellbeing There are so many apps to explore, but here are a few relaxation oriented apps that may help you get to your zen place. 1. One of our favourites is Relax Melodies. From sounds of the ocean to the wind in the trees, these ambient sounds can help you slow down and relax. Choose from background noises to relaxation techniques and tips for better sleep. Find a quiet place and use these soothing sounds to help you reach mental calmness. Learn more or download via Google or Apple. 2. Moodfit, which was voted the best overall mental health app of 2019, is a good overall tracker to provide insight into your mood. It offers a variety of features including calming breathing techniques, medication tracking, and reminders to form healthy habits. Check it out on Google or Apple. 3. Headspace is another excellent app to help you practice mindfulness for your everyday life, and promises to help you stress less, move more, and sleep soundly. They even have a page relating to mental health around the Covid-19 crisis. Learn more on Google or Apple. *Each app has its own terms and conditions. Please ensure you check age requirements and details before using.