Calming activities are things you can do to help yourself feel a bit better. They will help if you do them every day, not just when you are feeling overwhelmed. You can do calming activities on your own or as a family:
You could try:
- Self-care exercises - think about what you do for yourself that makes you feel better; it may be having a bath, going for a walk, eating a favourite food, or listening to music. Make a list of ideas and try to do at least one every day.
- Relaxation and mindfulness exercises - these are popular because research has shown they can improve how you feel and lift your mood – why not try headspace? People like to relax in different ways, find one that suits you.
- Talking to family or friends who can reassure you - think about who makes you feel better and make a point of getting in touch with them, it’s OK to ask for reassurance. When you feel supported, it can be easier to support others, too.