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Siblings and staying at home

Siblings and staying at home


This month we’re talking about how important it is to look after your mental health when you have to stay at home. We know that you will be spending lots more time with your brothers and sisters than you usually do at the moment. This might be because school has stopped or because respite care is not happening at the moment. We’ve got ideas on how to ask for help if you are struggling or finding things difficult and what you can do to help yourself too. Here are some top tips for what you can do:

1. Have a routine

Try not to stay in your PJs all day! Have a shower, clean your teeth and keep an eye on how much screen time you’re having whether it’s for school work, social media or gaming. Make  a timetable of what you’ll do every day to keep on top of school work which will also stop you from getting bored.

2. Sleep at regular times

Get some sleep! You should be getting roughly 8-9 hours sleep a night but we know that getting to sleep isn’t easy for all of us at the moment and we also know that sleep can be particularly difficult for siblings. Check out this article from The Children’s Sleep Charity about how to get a good night’s sleep:

3. Keep in touch

Try and talk with your friends every day. Pick up the phone and just chat. Chat about the weather, or what you’re watching on TV, or what you’re having for tea- it doesn’t really matter! Talking and connecting with others will help keep things in perspective. Remember to reach out to people who might find it harder to get in contact with others.

4. Get some exercise

Exercising is essential. It keeps you fit and is good for  mental health too. Exercising might be more difficult at home but now’s the time to get creative! Why not make yourself an exercise circuit in your front room, take part in a online yoga tutorial or you can work out with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/d3LPrhI0v-w

5. Start a New Hobby

You’ll have lots of school work to do and that will keep you pretty busy, but do something creative and interesting too. Maybe you’ll master knitting, baking or painting. Why not start a daily diary or journal to write down what you think about what’s going on at the moment?

6. It’s OK not to be OK

None of us have ever really had to do anything like this and to be fair, it all feels a bit weird. You might be feeling worried about what’s going on, sad not to be seeing your friends, or even a little bit excited about all the changes. We’ll all have our own way of coping with this and that’s totally ok.  Young Minds have published this brilliant advice about coronavirus: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ and Childline have online support you can access 24/7 https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/

Why not send us some of your pictures, drawings or photos of you and your brother or sister? It’s National Sibling Day on April 10th and we will be posting pictures on social media to celebrate this – can you help?

Get in touch and let us know what your tips are for when you have to stay at home!