Daily Wellness Activity

  • Each day we will post a new wellness activity to this page. Each activity will be short with a link to an activity, idea, inspiration. You are welcome to share them with others.

     

    Daily Activities for 5/26 – 5/29

    • Tuesday, May 18thHope you all had a good Memorial Day weekend! A difficult aspect of parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic is the loss of many of the activities we normally do to celebrate special occasions. We are all learning new ways to connect with each other and create new experiences for our children. Below is a link that offers new experiences that you can share with your child. https://www.businessinsider.com/online-activities-to-occupy-kids-during-quarantine-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-4#7-the-doctor-is-in-to-answer-burning-questions-7

    • Wednesday, May 27th- Below is a link that takes you to some simple to use parenting techniques for dealing with difficult behaviors, one on one time, daily structures and more. Helpful Parenting Infographics

    • Thursday, May 28thAn issue that may come up for your family is the difficulty of separating from your children, whether it is because you have to go to work or the grocery store. Your child may feel anxiety about your absence during this challenging time that feels unpredictable. If schools should reopen in the fall, this may cause a lot of anxiety around leaving home for you and your child. We should all be prepared for this additional worry.  Below is a link to an article about separation anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/SeparationAnxietyCOVID19_keluskar_reicher_crowell

    • Friday, May 29thWe are living through a time we hope will be once in a generation. How can we help our children remember this period of history? Below is an activity you can do with your children over the weekend to help them create memories. Creating a time capsule may help your child feel that they have some control over how they want to remember the pandemic. COVID-19 Time Capsule Worksheets

     

    Daily Activities for 5/18 – 5/22 

    • Monday, May 18thLast week I spoke about a parent webinar LPS hosted on parenting during the time of Covid-19. Here is the link for the recording of that webinar. It is about an hour long if you would like to watch it. Below the webinar link is a link to a flyer that outlines and connects you with free parent support groups hosted by the same group who led the webinar. Friday group is in Spanish and all of them are open to everyone!

      Lowell Parent Training_5.7.20.mp4

      Parent Support Group Flyer 

    • Tuesday, May 19thWe often address the needs of elementary age children during this pandemic. Here is a link that will take you to a site with videos for Teens. There are a few videos, 4-9 mins in length, included on this Minding your Mind site. Some of the videos are from a teen’s perspective of what it’s been like for them. https://mindingyourmind.org/on-our-minds/

    • Wednesday, May 20th – Here is a chart with multiple ways of calming down or making a positive connection with a friend or relative. This chart can be used for adults and kids, so works for the entire family! Bingo for Calm & Connection

    • Thursday, May 21stHere is a site that offers you multiple activities, academic supports and self-care ideas. When you enter the site, identify yourself as a family and then you can choose the age group of your children. At that point, you can access many links to different sites. Older children will be able to browse these sites for ideas that interest them. Wide Open School

    • Friday, May 22nd – You made it to the weekend! For many of us Friday brings us to a night home with the kids. Here is a site that lists the best movies to watch with your children. Enjoy the long weekend – remember, Monday is a holiday! Best Family Movies (via CommonSense Media)

     

    Daily Activities for 5/11 – 5/15

    • Monday, May 11thLast week LPS hosted 2 parent webinars on “Parenting during the time of Covid 19” – open to all Lowell parents. We had a lot of parents join us with some good discussion and feedback. When I have the recording of this webinar, I will post it here on the Daily Activities site. We plan to continue these parent webinars in different languages and topics. Please watch for upcoming webinars on our social media and in your email.  Enjoy your week!

    • Tuesday, May12th – One of the topics we discussed during our parent webinar last week was taking care of yourself. It’s important to have realistic expectations of parenting during this challenging time where many parents are working, helping their children participate in remote learning, and parenting full time. Here is a link that will take you to an article about the importance of self-compassion. 

      The Surprising Power of Self-Compassion

    • Wednesday, May 13th – We are always looking for fun and inexpensive things to do with our kids. This article on painted rocks offers a fun craft that almost any age kid can do with or without their parents. Hope you enjoy it!

      Painted Rocks: Get Crafty and Get Outside

    • Thursday, May 14th – Take a minute to breath today. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the activities and demands of the day that we forget to breathe deeply and relax our bodies. This 3-minute video will help you relax into some deep breathing. Enjoy!

      https://youtu.be/SIPMk9qHJBQ

    • Friday, May 15thSpeaking of breathing!  This is an important strategy we can teach our children for relaxing their bodies when they feel stressed. Deep breathing actually changes the oxygen flow in your body and forces your muscles to relax. Show them this 3-minute video that they can follow along with.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGgmx2N-nhs

     

    Daily Activities for 5/4 – 5/8

     

    Daily Activities for 4/27 – 5/1

    • Monday April 27th: This week we are going to focus on the challenges of parenting during this time of sheltering in place. We’re going to start you off on a reflection about parenting from a well-known parent expert, Lynn Lyons. The podcast is 18 mins long so make sure you have enough time when you set out to listen. We are also including a link for current on-line parent support groups. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stuck-in-home-parenting/id1506503059?i=1000471033789

      Here is a link to free on-line parent support groups in our area: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Fg5EvfInKPNNjGTIbUpDOohvL9LCvgat_4SuTXUizA/edit?usp=sharing

    • Tuesday April 28thToday we are sharing a Daily Activity Chart for you to use with your children. Being at home and helping your children with on-line schooling can be challenging, especially if you are also working from home. Staying on a schedule can be helpful for everyone in the house. Work with your child/ren to design this activity chart so they feel ownership of their activities. https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Daily-Schedule-for-Families.pdf

    • Wednesday April 29th: Something we often forget when focusing on our children and their needs is to take care of ourselves. This link will take you to some simple worksheets that will help you reflect on how you can cope with your own emotions and some self-care strategies. Coping During Coronavirus: Practices for Well-Being

    • Thursday, April 30th: Sometimes parenting, especially during times like this, becomes overwhelming. It is important to know that you are not alone, many other parents feel the same. There are parent support groups happening right now in the Lowell area. There are also national parent hotlines when you cannot wait to talk to someone. Below are some resources for parent support (also see link in the April 27th post). You can always call the social worker at your school for additional support. Call the school’s main number and ask to be connected.

      Parent Stress Hotline (call anytime) - 800-632-8188 

      Parents Helping Parents website - https://www.parentshelpingparents.org/

      Wayside Counseling Service (Lowell) is offering 2 on-line parent support groups on Tuesday evening (Spanish) and Thursday morning (Portuguese). Call 978-221-6923 for more information.

    • Friday, May 1stAfter a long week at home you deserve a peaceful meditation. Even if you are not a meditator, click on the link for a beautiful scene and relaxing music. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIr3RsUWrdo&feature=emb_rel_end

     

    Daily Activities for 4/21 – 4/24 

    • Tuesday 4/21 – This week we are going to share some stress buster activities that your children and you can enjoy together or apart! Today I share with you a collection of mandalas that your children or even you, can color. Did you know that coloring is a stress relieving activity and something your whole family can do together? https://mondaymandala.com/m

    • Wednesday 4/22 – Today, we are going to look at some fun games that you can play at home. These games are on Pam Garramone’s website. She is a leader in positive psychology – how to look at our strengths instead of our weaknesses.  Below is the link to her online playground – enjoy! https://www.pamgarramone.com/playground

    • Thursday 4/23 - Have you ever wanted to see the great wall of China or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. This link will take you on a virtual visit to these places and more right from your own home. Your children can even watch panda bears, dolphins or jelly fish. Try it out for some fun! http://em.effectiveschoolsolutions.com/VNI2000Sm10R000Yt4hzsE0

    • Friday 4/24 – Today we share more games that you can play at home with your children. Playing is an important part of learning. It often includes problem solving and teamwork – two important components of learning. Enjoy playing! https://www.playworks.org/news/playathome-with-playworks/

     

    Daily Activities for 4/13 - 4/17

    • Monday 4/13 – Today our activity focuses on self-care. Sometimes we are so focused on helping our children we forget to take care of ourselves. Our children count on us to be there for them. Don’t forget to take care of yourself so that you can. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3262-young-children-at-home-during-the-covid-19-outbreak-the-importance-of-self-care

    • Tuesday 4/14 - Today we are going to revisit mindfulness which we introduced last week.  This short video explains how mindfulness can help us deal with our most difficult feelings. Both parents and students can benefit from watching this animated show. https://youtu.be/F0WYFXxhPGY?t=72

    • Wednesday 4/15 – Today we are going to talk about how to help your teens take on more responsibility at home. Living at home together all day, every day comes with more activity and more mess. Finding a way for everyone to talk about how they can help out is important. https://youtu.be/wMI-u_N6A40

    • Thursday 4/16 – As we get further into staying at home with our families it is hard not to feel anxious about what lies ahead and how long we will have to stay in place. Watching the news and social media can be both helpful and anxiety provoking. This link will help you think about how to manage yours and your children’s exposure to news and how to talk about it. https://sites.google.com/arlington.k12.ma.us/mentalhealthandwellbeing/families#h.4loqdqpbp5c9

    • Friday 4/17 – So far we have mostly shared videos about mindfulness for younger children. Today, we share with you a link that takes you to a site that offers mindfulness for High Schoolers. If you are a beginner in mindfulness you will enjoy this as well. https://selspace.ca/modules/mindfulness/mindfulness-high-school/

     

    Daily Activities for 4/6 - 4/9

     

    Daily Activities for 3/30 - 4/1

     

    If you have any additional questions or concerns on this matter, please call 978-674-4320 or submit your question/concern using our online form. If you have any health-related questions, please call the Lowell Health Department at 978-674-4010.