St Paul's Kindness Advent Calendar
This year we’ve seen the power of small acts of kindness. What better way to bring 2020 to a close than to celebrate kindness and friendship with a kindness advent calendar.
The kindness calendar includes a range of fun activities for children to undertake.
The activities will help children learn about kindness, the importance of having connections and friendships with others and how to cope with change.
My name is Miss Halleron.
As well as being a teacher at St Paul’s, I am also a Mental Health Ambassador/First Aider for the school.
My role is to contribute to promoting good mental health and emotional well-being among pupils of all ages, and the adults that care for them.
The main topic in everyone’s lives at the moment is Covid-19. It can be all-consuming at times. That is why it is vital we take care of our own mental and physical health.
There are many tools online that will assist you in doing this.
I will do my best to direct you to sites and apps that could help during these unprecedented times.
Due to the current situation, it’s understandable to feel stressed or anxious at this moment in time. There are a wealth of online resources that can help us combat these feelings or emotions.
I find that breathing exercises and meditation really helps. This form of active breathing helps shift the focus inwards, regulates our state of mind, and creates a sense of calm and purpose. It may even prevent certain conditions, like depression and anxiety.
I personally use an app called 'Smiling Mind.' There are a number of apps available to you; I downloaded this particular one as it’s free and user friendly.
If you are interested, have a look at what is available and more importantly, whatever suits your needs.
Below are just a few examples:
The NHS have listed some more apps on their website:
Our mental health is so important, but so too is our physical health.
Apps are a great tool to help us do this in the comfort of your own home. Another option, is to may be access videos via Youtube. You will find a number of pilates, yoga, strength and cardio workouts on there. These can be done at any time of the day; thus easy to fit into your family/daily routine.
Below are just a few examples:
STAYING MENTALLY ACTIVE
We can all have moments when we experience low moods.
That is completely understandable, and everyone will at some point may feel anxious about the unusual situation we find ourselves in.
This situation is a perfect opportunity to learn something new. That could be knitting, crochet, learning a language, baking or even gardening. My daughter has found a love for baking, which is good for her but not for me, as I am chief taste tester!
You could try accessing an online course or listening to a podcast. They can cover a ride range of topics, as previously mentioned, children may become interested in something new.
It is really important that we stay connected to each other.
At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family, by telephone, email or social media, or if needs must, contact a helpline for emotional support.
The children’s class blog, found on Purple Mash, is a great tool for the children to stay in contact with all their classmates and in a safe environment.
STRIKING A BALANCE
While all the tools that are available to us can help us with our mental/physical health, our learning and staying connected with friends or family, there has to be a balance.
As we are bombarded with 24 hour rolling news and constant updates, try to minimise this exposure for your children and yourselves.
Also, remember to regularly assess your children’s social media and screen time activity. Best practice is to to set limits on your children’s screen. Adults too!
So, put your phone down. Enjoy your daily exercise, try your hand at arts and crafts, do some creative writing or drawing, and be happy.
The government advice on supporting children and young people’s mental health can be found here: