Looking after you too
Taking a few moments each day to support your own mental health is more vital then ever. Many of you will have already found the small things that make a difference to you – maybe a quiet cup of tea before the day starts, 10 minutes outdoors during your lunch break or a phone call to a loved one at the end of the day.

“Being kind to yourself is one of the greatest kindnesses,” said the mole.

Feeling anxious?
Keep your focus on the things you can control, including where you get information from and actions to make yourself feel prepared. 

Talk about your worries
Sharing how you are feeling in this difficult time and the things you are doing to cope with family and friends can help. If you don’t feel able to do this, there are a range of NHS recommended helplines
Feeling stressed?

There are lots of ways to get support if you are struggling with stress, from the NHS and online information to charities. Find out more things you can do…

Keeping active and healthy

Choose a workout from the NHS Fitness Studio's range of online exercise videos. 

Aerobics exercise

Strength and resistance

Pilates and yoga

These workouts have been created by fitness experts InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.

All these routines count towards the recommended guidelines for weekly physical activity.

Advice and resources for looking after your mental health - Norfolk and Waveney Mind

You can find useful links and resources for looking after your mental health during lockdown HERE

Get outside or bring nature in
Spending time in green spaces can benefit both your mental and physical well-being. Sit in your garden if you can, open windows to let in fresh air or look at a nice view or some photos. 
Mind nature!

Mind, the mental health charity, has some advice on the benefits of nature, as well as guidance on taking care of yourself and your staff via the ‘Workplace’ link on their website.

How nature benefits mental health  

Follow our garden blog

Inspire your children and their families to encourage wildlife and develop their love of nature. 🌼🍂🌿

Follow Norfolk County Council’s Early Years Garden blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Wellbeing Service

Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress.

Services are free and are available to people aged 16 and over living in Norfolk & Waveney.

Find out more HERE 


If you live in Norfolk and you’re struggling with your mental health for any reason, @RESTNorwich is here to help.

It’s a new community space that gives you the support you need, when you need it. 

Find out how to get support HERE

Helping under 5s through the coronavirus crisis - Anna Freud Centre

10 ways you can make a difference 

Access and download the leaflet here  

Laughter for wellbeing

The psychologist Caspar Addyman tells BBC Women’s Hour about the science of why babies laugh. 

Listen here

Online infant mental health training resources Parent-Infant Foundation

This resource reviews and describes the online infant mental health training available for practitioners and trainers. 

You can download the guide HERE

Five ways to manage your wellbeing as a parent during lockdown - BBC Bitesize
Being Well

For some practical ideas to support yourself, staff, children and families, you can sign up to our ‘Being Well’ online sessions. This 2-session course is next available on the 25th February and 11th March. Sign up via the portal. 

Further details can be found in the EYFS Practice Training Brochure

Action for happiness

Stay calm, be wise, be kind. Let's take action to look after ourselves and each other.

To learn more or download the app visit the action for happiness website

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care.

Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling 0800 046 8687

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm