Get dressed. Staying in pyjamas may feel easier overall, but, dressing for the day and undressing at night creates a clear transition between our awake world and our sleep world. Getting dressed can become a fun event by challenging family members to do something different, such as wearing different socks, an “ugly” sweater, a dressy gown or colourful shorts.
Keep routines and structure as close to non-covid times as possible – or if needed, replace with new routines. This can include waking up, bedtime, chores or meal times.
Removing routines during covid may cause extra effort and stress for parents to get their child back into a routine later on. We know that routines, consistency and predictability help children feel safe and connected.
The warmer weather is here and it’s time to get outside and play! Physical and mental health go hand in hand. Being outside is essential for children’s mental health and it’s important for moms and dads too! Try a family walk, bike ride or scavenger hunt. While screen time is often the more popular choice, it’s important to set aside time for outdoor play.
We know it is important to look after our physical health. Did you know it is important to also look after your mental health? It’s important for parents to focus on self-care individually but also to have a family self-care plan. Sit down with your family and brainstorm for ideas that are good for your mind and body. Post your list where the whole family can see it as a reminder. Self-care is for everyone!