Some support for Parents and Children to support with anxiety during Lockdown:
Strategies for parents
Useful resources for parents and children to use at home to manage anxiety
AIM' are working with schools to support parents to understand children's mental health and are providing a FREE qualification to help. 'Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health' which is nationally accredited and certificated upon completion.
The qualification is all question based
6 weeks to be completed, taking between 15-30 hours to do so
Online platform to complete the qualification, therefore a computer or laptop will be needed.
2 workbooks to be completed, with them needing to be submitted at the 3- & 6-week stage.
Tutor support throughout for any help and guidance
Please watch this video giving more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFh3rTZkJSA
Withdrawal fee of up to £150 for non-completion without genuine reason (signing up with no effort to complete, it’s very rare this is enforced as we only recommend individuals who want to complete the course to enrol and extensions are available if permitted by the college)
Have the right to work in the UK
Have been in the EU/UK for the past 3 years
Not currently doing a government funded qualification
Once completed, can enrol on further qualifications
To enrol, complete the details here but please be sure you are able to complete as there may be a £150 withdrawal charge if you don't complete the course https://formstack.io/TyZSZjXRWndR4L6rW7HXEpqpL8_drGsA9XWS0F15Xgj56D1utKVODIduJM61p1nhfdCKT8UmXXxllagjX0gfWQ
Relaxation techniques for parents and students
The more you try these techniques the better you will get and the more they will work. It will take time and regular practice before you start to feel the benefits.
Don’t worry if you can’t relax immediately. Thoughts might pop into your mind. Don’t focus on them just let them pass through.
Make a note of how relaxed you were before, and after, the exercises to see if it's helped.
Breathing to relax
Breathing too quickly, and deeply, can make you feel dizzy, faint or even more anxious. Taking slow, regular breaths can help you to control anxious thoughts and feelings, and make you feel calmer.
To control your breathing:
It might take time to master this technique. Once you have, you won’t need to watch your hands or put them on your stomach. You can use this technique anytime you feel anxious.
Simple visualisation exercise
This exercise involves using an image as a way to focus the mind.
Create in your mind an ideal spot to relax. It can be:
Imagine it in as much detail as you can – use your senses to make it as real as possible – and see yourself comfortably enjoying this place.
Now close your eyes and take a slow, regular breath in through your nose. Become aware of your breathing. Focus on your relaxation place in all its detail and breathe out through your mouth.
Do this exercise for 10 to 20 minutes.
Quick muscle relaxation
This exercise will teach you to recognise and reduce muscle tension. You can relieve tension in any part of your body just by tensing and relaxing each muscle in turn.
Sitting in a comfortable chair:
If you have any physical injuries or conditions that may cause muscle pain, don’t tense the muscle in that area.
Don’t rush to get up after relaxation exercises. Sit with your eyes closed for a few minutes to avoid the possibility of feeling dizzy. Open your eyes and make sure you feel all right before standing up.
Throughout the day check yourself and remember to
Stay safe and don’t much too much pressure on yourself this is a difficult time for everyone. Take time to be kind to yourself.