Sligo/Leitrim Parent Hub have launched a new Parents Newsletter for Sligo/Leitrim. The newsletter has been put together to try and support parents and families to stay positive during these testing times. Parent Hub felt it was important to create a positive resource for parents that could be shared weekly to help support parents but also to offer tools to help look after our physical and mental well-being.
Breathing: Encourage your child to be still and to sit upright. Take in a deep breath in through the nose and slowly exhale out through the mouth. This will help calm their nervous system down.
Grounding Techniques: Encourage your child to tell you: 5 things they can see 4 things they can feel with their hands 3 things they can hear 2 things they can smell 1 thing they can taste either in their mouth (e.g. toothpaste, a taste lingering from a meal or imagine their favourite taste and describing it to you).
Mindful Moving: Reach, stretch, bend, circle and twist to help release tension in the body.
Try to get outside: Notice the things around you. Ask your child to notice sights, sounds and smells as you walk.
Encourage creativity: Draw, colour, play, craft.