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Rodney House

Specialist Support School and Outreach Service

Emotional Well-Being

There are some simple things that you can do to look after your mental health, either by yourself or with other people. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home.

  • Physical Activity

Physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy and can improve mental health by decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, It can improve focus, school performance, sleep and energy levels

  • Eating Healthy Food

What we eat can affect our physical health and also our mental health and wellbeing. Eating well (i.e. a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients) may be associated with feelings of wellbeing

  • Getting a Good Nights Sleep

Good sleep is important for your child’s physical and mental wellbeing. A relaxing bedtime routing is one important way to help your child get a good night’s sleep. Try to avoid using screens at bedtime as they can affect the way children sleep.

  • Relaxing and Keeping Calm 

Relaxation exercises help children to manage their reactions to stress, anxiety and worry. Relaxation exercises are a good distraction from worrying thoughts and reduce tension in the body. The exercises here include controlled breathing, muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

The Way I Feel - Story

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days - Story

Stay Healthy, Eat Well - Rainbow Salad Pot

Emotional and Self-Regulation Books - 2 Pages

Mindful Walk

Relaxation Time

Kids Mindfulness Story - Calm Compilation

Breathing Exercise Links

Breathing Keyring (3 Pages)

Below is a video Jane making a sensory bottle which are very popular here at Rodney House with our children:

Monkey Meditation

Oliver's Vegetables Story

Healthy Food Sensory Play

Taking a bubble bath

Story for Sleep by Cbeebies

Outdoor Activity Ideas

Monster Feet Hop Turn Taking Game

Hand Massages

Which foods are healthy and not healthy?

Healthy Food Plate Task

Activities to Help Sleep

Visuals for Sleep Routines

Relaxation Through Exercise Ideas

Relaxation Keyring

Stop, Breathe, Think App

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Relaxing Images Video

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Sesame Street - Breathe, Think, Do App

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CBeebies Activites for Calming

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Emotional Wellbeing

Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health.

Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources the government have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people. 

Social isolation, reduced exercise and bereavement may affect children’s wellbeing in this period. Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include: