Get outside!

It won't surprise you, but we think you should get outside as often as possible. As long as you comply with the COVID rules, there's no reason not to.

'Cabin Fever' is setting in and people are becoming frustrated being stuck indoors. Our children are spending too much time in front of screens and we are all more likely to overreact to even the smallest of problems. We are all feeling guilty, especially surrounding our children and home learning - "am I doing enough?", " I should be doing more with my kids" , "Is my child doing as well as his classmates?" This is all normal.

Schedule a daily walk with the children. Fresh air is good for you and them. You will all feel so much better, even after a brief five minute walk. We have found some articles from respected organisations supporting this. If you want to make it educational there are spotter sheets and things to do on our learning pages - but why not just go for a family walk and take some deep breaths, listen to the sounds, feel the air, with no agenda, other than to enjoy yourselves.

Spending time in nature (Anna Freud)

Nature and mental health (MIND)

The great outdoors? Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments (Scientific paper)

Two hours a week spent outdoors in nature linked with better health (New Scientist)


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