ANXIETY & KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH OURSELVES & OUR CHILDREN
Anxiety is at an all time peak . Suffering from long term or persistent anxiety is a silent & vicious disability that is effecting so many of us now. This is often heightened during times of transition, especially the return to school.
Left untreated anxiety can often have extremely serious & even fatal effects. Currently the UK has the highest suicide rate in the world, particularly among our young people & self harm has increased by a staggering 68% in the last 5 years
There is a world of difference between moments of anxiety & suffering with anxiety.
Anxiety is truly disabling & panic attacks paralysing.
Feeling anxious all the time impedes life & living fully. It’s truly horrible.
It’s really important that we check in with ourselves & our children on how exactly we are feeling each day & where we are feeling this in our bodies.
Non verbal children can eye point or finger point to the charts I’ve included here.
Rather than ask “How was school today ?”, why not ask how you or your children have felt today. Were they sad or worried at any point, or happy or excited. Were they lonely or upset & most importantly why? Where did they feel it inside their bodies and what can we do to get the positive happy and coping chemicals flowing again ?
Taking care of our mental health is paramount. If we don’t take care of our mental health, everything else will spiral, often leaving you mentally & even physically ill.
Self care & being in touch with ourselves & others couldn’t carry a greater value.
Here are some easily accessible ideas for self care that you can do by yourself or with your family or even classrooms for 5 minute rest/movement breaks during lessons if you are a teacher.
Productivity, motivation & learning will be massively boosted along with all that gorgeous serotonin, dopamine, endorphins & oxytocin.
If you think of the well known saying “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away”, even if you choose just one exercise of activity from the enclosed self care charts, that one activity daily will help you to take charge of your mental health.
Wishing you all a very happy week,
Lots of love,