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Support and Resources for Families While at Home

With nurseries and schools closing for the foreseeable future and many of us now having to work from home, here are a few tips and resources to help you get through these challenging times.

  • Keep to your regular morning routine – have a shower, get dressed...
  • Let the children know what to expect – agree a plan for the day, let them have some say in the routine. Have some structure but also allow time for free play, time in separate rooms.
  • Break the day up into chunks – if possible split the day between 2 parents or helpers to help you get other work done as well as looking after the children.
  • Don’t set high standards for yourself – be kind to yourself as a parent, as a worker.
  • Exercise – whether this be inside or outside, keep moving. It is very important for your mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Get some fresh air each day – open windows, sit outside, go for a walk at a safe distance from others.
  • Keep in touch – human contact and connection is really important. Ring, text, video call friends and family. Talk about things that make you happy, try to keep each other positive.
  • Have fun – if they kids don’t want to do their school work and it becomes a battle then play, read, make, enjoy some quality time together to break up the day.

If your children are struggling to understand the current situation, there is a useful story you could read to them to them (please see the ‘downloads’ section on the left hand side of this page)

There are lots of resources available to help and we have compiled a few to support you and your children.

Online Educational Activities


Offline activities/crafts

(All preschool ages)

Offline activities

Exercise and wellbeing

You can also download some great resources for families which outlines a range of activities you can do indoors! To view these click on the images on the left- hand side of the page.

If you can reframe your thoughts into being positive, that can help. If it’s possible try to think of this time as an opportunity to get something done. It might reading a book, doing your ironing, drawing, catching up on something. Try to get into a positive mind frame. Remember this is for a set time period.

Doing simple exercises can help us feel less worried and stressed.

Simple breathing exercise

Sitting comfortably, breathe gently, slowly and evenly.

Notice the stretching sensation as you breathe in. As you breathe out notice the relaxation that follows.

Count in your mind, letting each count last about a second.

  1. Rest your hand on your belly button. Take a normal breath and hold it as you count to 5.
  2. Breathe out slowly, relaxing your shoulders, face and body, as you count to 4.
  3. Breathe in slowly, letting your hand move outwards with your stomach, as you count to 4.
  4. Breathe out slowly and let your hand and stomach move inwards, as you count to 4.
  5. Breathe like this for 5 more breaths, focusing on your hand and stomach as they rise and fall, relaxing more with each breath.
  6. Hold your breath like you did at the beginning and repeat the whole exercise again.

What's this good for?

  • Helping panic attacks
  • Boosting concentration
  • Preparing for difficult tasks
  • Relaxing
  • Sleeping better

Muscle relaxation exercise

Sit or lie down and make yourself comfortable.

As you do this exercise use the comfortable stomach breathing from above.

  1. Breathe in, clench your right hand, notice the tension in your hand and arm. Breathe out, relax, notice the difference.
  2. Breathe in, clench your left hand, notice the tension. Breathe out, relax, notice the difference. Notice how comfortably heavy your hands and arms feel when you let them relax.
  3. Breathe in, clench your thighs and buttocks, notice the tension. Breathe out, relax, notice the difference.
  4. Breathe in, bend your feet up, notice the tension in your legs and feet. Breathe out, relax, notice the difference.
  5. Breathe in and point your toes, notice the tension in your legs and feet. Breathe out, relax, notice the difference.

What's this good for?

  • Soothing aches and pains
  • Letting go of tension

Try to keep a sense of normality!

Who to contact

The Bury Directory Coronavirus Section

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This page was last updated on: 26/03/2020


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