‘Never be afraid to talk’ – Well-being advice for children during pandemic

With schools closed due to Covid-19 you might be feeling isolated, lonely, a bit fed up or even overwhelmed.

The pandemic is tough for everyone, and some more than others.

For some of you being at home doing your schoolwork might mean sharing the kitchen table with your siblings, and for others it might just be you at home and you might be missing your friends.

This is a hard time for everyone in different ways, and even if everything is going OK for you at home you might still feel down.

On news2day, we had a well-being week this week, after we spoke to pupils in Scoil Chóca Naofa in Kilcock, Co Kildare who inspired us with their wellness week.

They did yoga, and breathing exercises to help them feel calm when they are worried, and their teacher Ms Conboy told them to write down three things they like to do to make them feel better when they are sad.

It could be any activity at all like reading, watching TV, or colouring. They had to do one thing each day for homework.

It turns out that this is exactly what mental health experts advise if we’re feeling a bit blue.

This week for our question of the week on news2day we asked ‘When you’re feeling down, what do you do to you make yourself feel better?’ We got lots of interesting replies from all of you.

We spoke to St Patrick’s Mental Health Service CEO Paul Gilligan, who gave us lots of handy advice for when we’re feeling down.

  • Make a list or draw a picture
  • Do one thing a day that you enjoy
  • Ask for help
  • Be Kind 
  • Never feel afraid to talk 
  • Don’t look too far ahead 
  • Have a plan


For more information please see https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2021/0205/1195202-mental-health-children/

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