Parents & Carers

As parents and carers, we know you want to show up for your kids, support their mental health, and encourage them to be the best they can be. An important part of showing up for our children, however, is first showing up for ourselves.

Gratitude

Practising gratitude helps us feel happier, more determined, optimistic and focussed - it can even help us sleep better!

Empathy

When we are kind, our brain releases oxytocin. This leads to an increase in our self-esteem, energy levels and overall positivity.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness encourages us to pay attention to the present moment, and reduces stress and anxiety

Emotional Literacy

When we improve our emotional literacy we can work towards recognising our feelings and being able to manage them.

Let’s Practise

As we know, if we want to get better at something, we need to practise. Our wellbeing is no different.

Here are some simple ideas to help you practise Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy every day. Because the more you practise, the better you will feel.

Gratitude

Before going to bed, tell your partner or your kids about your favourite part of your day and why. Then ask them to do the same. This is a great bedtime routine to get into and could even help you have better dreams!

Empathy

Use the school or work commute (before or after dropping kids!) to get in touch with someone — whether it’s checking in on a person you know is struggling, to thank someone for a kind deed or just to let someone special know you were thinking of them.

Mindfulness

Having a quiet house might not always be possible but having a quiet mind for five minutes every day is. Whether it’s when the kids are napping, at school or just distracted by the latest episode of Bluey, take that opportunity to sit quietly, tap into your senses and focus on five things you can see, hear, feel and smell.

Emotional Literacy

During dinner, have each family member describe an emotion they felt during the day and explain what made them feel like that. If they felt angry, worried or upset – what did they do to try to feel better?

Activities to try this month

The Imperfects Podcast

A podcast about how perfectly imperfect we all are. Join Hugh, Ryan and Josh for their chats with a variety of interesting people and learn how we can apply some valuable take-aways to our own imperfect lives.

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4 April 2022
With our resident psychologist, Dr Emily!
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28 March 2022
The Vulnerabilitea House with Hamish Blake
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21 March 2022
Johan Hari - Why Can’t You Pay Attention
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14 March 2022
Kate Langbroek - Love Story
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22 December 2021
Georgia & Hugh
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16 December 2021
Almost end of year wrap - (Part 2)

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Gratitude

Paying attention to the things we have right now, and not worrying about what we on’t have. We practise this by noticing the positives around us.

Evidence

Practising gratitude helps us to be thankful and appreciate what we have in our lives, rather than focussing on what we don’t have or what we want. When we practice being grateful, we start to scan the world to look for positives – this only takes 21 days! Practising gratitude every day increases our levels of energy, helps us to feel happier and more focussed, determined and optimistic. It even helps us have a better sleep, lowers levels of anxiety and depression and we are less likely to get sick.

Empathy

Putting ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see as they do. We practice this by being kind and compassionate towards other people.

Evidence

Working on empathy helps us to identify, understand and feel what another person is feeling. When we show empathy or we do something kind for someone else our brain releases oxytocin. This leads to us increasing our self-esteem/ confidence, energy levels, positivity and overall happiness.

Mindfulness

Our ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practice this by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time.

Evidence

Working on mindfulness gives us opportunities to develop our ability to pay attention to the present moment and our thoughts. Practising mindfulness daily can help us stay focussed on set tasks and reduce stress and anxiety.

Emotional Literacy

Being able to recognise and label your feelings and emotions as they happen.

Evidence

Working on our emotional literacy gives us opportunities to develop our ability to understand and express different emotions. When we improve our emotional literacy we can work towards recognising our own feelings and being able to manage them. This allows us to cope with different life situations such as managing conflict, making friends, coping in difficult situations and being resilient when dealing with change.