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School closure: Welfare and Wellbeing

Our aim is to provide information and support for all of our families in the event of a school closure.

 

Emotional Wellbeing for parents - Jean Scott School PFSA

 

Conversations will not be cancelled.

Relationships will not be cancelled.

Love will not be cancelled.

Songs will not be cancelled.

Reading will not be cancelled.

Self-Care will not be cancelled.

Hope will not be cancelled.

May we lean into the good stuff that remains.

 

These are difficult times and with schools closing things may feel more difficult.  Schools offer more than learning, they offer pastoral support for both children and parents.

You may feel overwhelmed by the news, anxious about your own, your child’s or an elderly relatives health, so here are some ideas to help.

 

  •  Talk to someone about how you are feeling.  We are lucky that although we may have to self-isolate we have many ways of communicating with others, by phone, mobile, text, email, skype, face time, messenger, whatsapp etc.  Speak to someone you trust whether that’s a family member, a friend or a helpline.

Parenting and being isolated can be hard there is a helpline for adults who are struggling emotionally with their mental health                 

               Mindline Somerset -  (Tues – Sunday 8–11pm) 01823 276 892 to talk to someone in confidence

                If you are in real despair then call the Samaritans on 116 12

 

  • Limit your time on social media and TV programmes, there are so many conflicting stories many of which are mis-information and false news.  Even our news on the television loves to give us how many deaths but not how many have recovered.  More people are recovering than are dying!

 

  • Take your information from official sites, to go to these sites hover over the words, press control and left click mouse or pad.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

  • You need to be feeling well so that you can care for your children.  This is really important, there are lots of things you can do to lift your mood and your energy.  Once the children are in bed, do something for you.  Dance around the room to your favourite music, soak in a nice hot bath, mindfully drink and savour the taste of a hot chocolate, a fresh coffee or whatever floats your boat.  Even a nice glass of wine but remember that alcohol becomes a depressant after a couple of drinks and you’ll feel even worse the next day!!  Try a guided relaxation, or a mindfulness meditation.  There are lots of apps, you tube videos etc out there, some suggestions below.

 

www.headspace.com/

smilingmind.com.au/

relaxmelodies.com/

www.calm.com/     

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