During the current pandemic, we are all feeling less secure and missing our usual routines, friendships and social interactions. But just as doing exercise improves physical health, you and your child can do activities to boost their mental health and wellbeing. We want to promote this through Wellbeing Wednesday, a time to pause, reflect, support and think about ourselves.
We know that just like adults, children need to develop emotional skills to help them through life. Emotional Literacy is a term used to describe your ability to recognise, name and express your feelings. Initially, children will need adults to help them recognise and name their feelings. Then, over time, they will begin to be able to do this independently. With some adult guidance and support, children will begin to recognise that all of these feelings are normal and can change many times throughout the day.
Once children are able to recognise and name their feelings, they can then begin to learn how to manage them. This could mean that they can stay calm when something makes them angry or they can comfort themselves when they are worried. As a child’s emotional literacy develops, they can begin to recognise different emotions with others and begin to empathise.
There are lots of examples of how to support children with their wellbeing which can be accessed through the links below.