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The Importance of Self-Care

Let’s fill up our children’s emotional cups…


Also our own: self- care is NOT self-indulgence.

Self- care is a way of investing in yourself and benefits others, especially our children.

Dr Pooky Knightsmith has some short watchable videos about self-care on YouTube.


Self- care is very important for parents and carers at this time to enable us to be as resilient as possible to manage and alleviate the worries and anxiety of our children, and to provide re-assurance.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

has some helpful and common- sense sections about looking after our Mental Health.

When life feels challenging, staying active really helps. There’s a lot we can’t control, but when we choose to take care of our bodies, we can boost our energy and cope better with life’s ups and downs

Resources for Parents: Self-care and beyond

Looking after yourself Parent Pack

Self-care for Parents and Carers resource created with the Anna Freud Centre’s Parent Champions

An updated list of quality assured apps delivering self-help strategies

Mental Health Wellness Tips

Portal for Anna Freud resources  includes:

Supporting parents and carers through disruption – video from the Anna Freud Centre

Mental Wellbeing audio guides– from NHS Every Mind Matters

Coronavirus and your wellbeing – from Mind

e-learning: staying mentally well through Covid19 – from Pooky Knightsmith 

Resources to help you stay active

Stay safe when cycling links 






Indoor activities for kids – from Change4Life

Home workout videos – from NHS

Fitness studio exercise videos – from NHS

Chair based pilates exercise video – from NHS

10 minute workout video – from British Heart Foundation

Strength Exercise videos – From British Heart Foundation

Weekly staying active resources –  from Living Streets