What’s New This Week – 14th Jan – Healthy Screen Time Habits and Space Themed Resources!

We’re well into 2023 and hopefully starting to settle back into routine after the chaos of Christmas. This week we’re tackling the dreaded screen time, bringing you resources to instil healthy habits and get your children thinking about how their devices make them feel. Plus, we have some new space themed resources and we’re standing up against Blue Monday! Keep reading.
We have some fantastic new resources for you this week, if we do say so ourselves! We’re tackling the January Blues and looking at one of the biggest protective factors for children’s mental health – feeling safe. Take a look at what’s new below.
 
Healthy Screen Time Resource Pack
Studies show that higher levels of screen use in children is associated with reduced physical activity, increased risk of depression, and lower wellbeing. The allure of screens for many children is too much and we know from personal experience the tantrums and outbursts that can result from too much screen time – but also no screen time at all! Our screen time activity kit is all about helping your children understand how screens make them feel. Our Screen Time Checklist gives your child brain busting things to do on their screens too! You can download this from the Be Happy Hub now.
 
Beating Blue Monday
‘Blue Monday’ is coming up this January 16th, the so called most ‘depressing day of the year.’ And if Blue Monday doesn’t affect your children, they will certainly pick up on any adults who are feeling low. We’ve brought you some new resources all about feeling ‘blue’ and what this means.
 
Singing the Blues
We love the expressive lyrics of Blues songs and the important history of Blues music. This resource for older children age 6-11 takes children through the history of the Blues in America and asks them to come up with their own Blues verse, helping them to express their emotions through song. You could even listen to some Blues music together – this would be a perfect additional mindful exercise!
 
Feeling Blue?
This resource explores the feeling of sadness using our blue scale (the deeper blue equals the more sad you feel), helping children to identify and manage their low mood. What can they do to help themselves feel better?
 
Beat the Blues
Another Blue themed resource this week explores what we can do when we get a case of the blues. Plus we’ve included extra mindfulness points in this activity – can your child think of all the things that are blue in nature? Perhaps you could take a walk and see what blue things you can find!
 
Tune into my Feelings
We’re all about music this week! Can your child use our emotion piano to tell you how they feel? All the need to do is tap the key that best represents their mood!
 
Resources from Outer Space
Who or what makes your child feel safe? Ask them to write it in their Safeship! We know that feeling safe is one of the biggest protective factors for children’s mental health and after the pandemic, a lot of children are struggling. For nearly two years, we told them that the world wasn’t safe! Now we want to help your children create and imagine their Safeship, when they are in their Safeship, they can feel safe.
 
 
This week’s FREE resource! – For Mailing List subscribers only
My Worry World
This week’s free activity for subscribers of our mailing list was all about tackling worries. Our Worry World helps your children to identify their main worries by writing them down in the Worry World. Ask them to close their eyes and imagine their worry being blasted into outer space. Can they tell you a story about how their worry has travelled through the universe – perhaps their worry has found a black hole or it’s hit an astroid, either way, their worry has gone forever!
 
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