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Wellbeing in the time of COVID-19

Thursday 19 Mar 2020 by Jo Woodward | Wellbeing Assistant

We are living in unusual times with many unknowns but we want to provide you with some information to help you navigate this period.

We also encourage our College community to not succumb to fear, but rather continue to trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the knowledge that He is our hope and is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Conversations with children and young people (beyondblue.org.au)

Families and caregivers of children and young people should discuss news of the virus with those in their care in an open and honest way. Try to relate the facts without causing alarm, and in a way that is appropriate for their age and temperament. It is important to listen to any questions they may have, to let them know that they are safe and that it’s normal to feel concerned. If the media or the news is getting too much for them, encourage them to limit their exposure. This video has some useful tips for talking to young people about scary stuff in the news.

SchoolTV Special Report

We encourage you to watch the latest Coronavirus Guide for Parents on School TV

Managing your child’s and your own mental health

Click on this link to the Australian Psychological Society who offer some great advice for Maintaining Positive Mental Health in the midst of the current Coronavirus Pandemic.

  • Remember this is temporary.
  • Put your efforts into helping others (responsibly and safely).
  • Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
  • Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
  • Try to maintain physical activity.
  • Keep routines as best as possible or create new routines.
  • Avoid overloading on news and social media about COVID-19.

Resources for Anxious Tweens and Teens (michellemitchell.org)

Natasha Daniels have a range of excellent resources on her website to help communicate and adapt to the new normal we are currently in.  Please check out her website and her book Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide click here

These are some great children's books which might be also suitable for tweens:

  • Hey Warrior by Karen Young
  • How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear?  by Jayneen Sanders
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Chester the Brave by Audrey Penn
  • Eddie Frogbert by Sue Degennaro (trying something new/being brave)
  • Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susan Whelan
  • Jack’s Worry by Sam Zuppardi
  • The Unforgettable What’s His Name by Paul Jennings (chapter book)
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst (great for separation anxiety apparently)
  • The Big Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside