Strategies & Activities
If you are worried about a child or pupil it can be helpful to make a safety plan together. Try and do this in a relaxed environment when the young person feels calm and allow them a 'third place' to go to during the process; items such as fidget toys, a doodle pad and pencil, a scented ribbon to smell and fiddle, a grounding stone, blue-tack, or a squishy can help.
Please find two separate versions of a safety plan below, these are free to download. Click on the image to view with the young person and then download the suitable plan and print and complete.
Colour and chat about the emotions on the sheet, is there a time that you have felt one of the emotions? Can you make the same expression?
A simple activity sheet to help connect a child to their senses, ideal too be used proactively or to be introduced to be used for a child recovering from big emotions.
Download this lovely template for you and your family to fill in...music, use it to help you move through a mood or to spend time with a feeling.
Ideas of activities to soothe and calm. TIP! Practice them proactively, don't wait for crisis.
A 12 page booklet for children to fill in and read, helping you to have conversation and explore different coping strategies.
When we are struggling with anxiety, anger or excitement then doing regular brainstem calmers can help us to manage these feelings. Here are examples of some activities that can easily be weaved into the day.
A lovely scavenger hunt for the walk to or from school, and a brilliant activity for weekend adventures with the family.
Grounding helps us to feel safe, calm, soothed and regulated. Signs we are ungrounded can be feeling irritable, unfocused or fatigued. This poster shares different ways to practice grounding, why not put it up to remind yourself - even the images are calming.
Create a relaxation kit for yourself and one for your child, do it together and set reminders to step away and relax. There is an accompanying video on our YouTube channel.
Sometimes we can find it hard to be kind to ourselves and remember all of the things that make us ourselves! Explore this, draw pictures, doodle, draw or add stickers and photos. Have fun and remember how amazing you are!
Boost your self-esteem with this sheet of balloons...answer the questions and decorate. Why not get both child and grown up to complete and fill on in for each other as well. Add it to the wall to remind yourself how amazing you are!
Put yourself in the centre with some keywords that you would use to describe yourself. Fill the shapes around the outside by thinking about how you identify and what's important to you. If you find this hard, don't worry - it can be difficult to be kind to ourselves, that's why practicing is so important!
The repetitive, rhythmic scanning of a word search can help to calm our busy minds. They're Jennifer's favourite!
Colouring is a popular way to relax, this easy to colour sheet can help you to relax. Use whatever colours you feel drawn to, get creative and just do what feels right at the time. If you struggle with things being perfect, why not try going out of the lines a little. There can be beauty in the imperfect too!
From the flower ice garden, to making your own bird feeder, these activities can help to reconnect you back with nature and help you to let go of feelings of anxiety. Which is your favourite? We'd love to see your photos!
ask someone to hide the pictures around the garden or house then take your tick list around with you to find them. Don't forget to answer the questions!
Fun conversation starters to help maintain or build positive relationships in your family.
mental health for adults
Sometimes we aren't sure how we feel, using this version of our Emotion Iceberg can help you to work out what might be niggling at you. Please be kind to yourself and take some time to explore how you feel, there's always a way through.
Life can feel hard at times, difficult to navigate. Please know how valued you are and that emotions and feelings always pass. Please take a look at where to get some support from people who care.
Our problem solving guide can help you to unbox and process your worries, as well as helping you to make a plan to move through them.
Take some time to think about your thoughts, feelings, goals and practice gratitude with this lovely daily planner.
You can save these on your phone or order them from our shop printed, laminated, put into a flipbook and delivered for £5
Pick a pencil and scribble with this mindful, creative relaxation exercise.