Back-to-school post lockdown top tips!

With children across England heading back to school in March, we understand emotions may be flying, some may find it a difficult and daunting prospect, whilst others might be excited at the thought of resuming more of a ‘normal’ life.

Either way, it is ok to feel how you are feeling.

We have always promoted mindful techniques to help support mental health, and we believe that these same principles can be applied to help us all back on the way back to a more normal life.

Here are our top tips for preparing for the return to school.

1. A highly nutritious and filling breakfast!

It's no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is how we break-the-fast, so very important that it’s nutritious, filling, and of course delicious! 

Smoothies with bone broth ticks all the boxes here AND gives a gut-loving added boost to the day!

One of our favourite quick and easy breakfasts is a Mixed Berry Bone Broth Smoothie Bowl. 

You’ll need the following to make it;

  • 7-8 Tablespoons of Chicken Bone Broth
  • 175g mixed berries, frozen
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 35g flaxseeds
  • 120ml water

Simply blend the ingredients until smooth and garnish with a few extra strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, and a sprinkling of flax seeds.

2. Bring Back the Routine!

A good sleep pattern is key for mental health and wellbeing, development, healing, and good digestive function. If the sleep routine has changed slightly due to lockdown, try to get back on track.

Remove distractions such as mobile phones, laptops, and TV from the bedroom, and a warm cup of milk or bone broth before bed goes a long way to help ease and aid sleep time.

3. Talk about feelings.

Talking is a very easy way to help digest feelings, simply having a chat with someone has been proven to reduce anxiety and aid understanding.

Talk about your worries, but also it is important to think about the positives to come out of a situation, what are the exciting points about returning to more of a pre-lockdown life. 

If in doubt, make a list of positives and worries, and try to work on how the more worrisome feelings can be rethought into exciting positives.

4. Mindful time.

Take time each day to practice something mindful. Mindful colouring is a great one to switch off and relax and is perfect for people of all ages.

Remember the STOP mindful exercise.

This means;

S: Stop. Whatever you’re doing and pause momentarily. 

T: Take a breath. Reconnect with your breath and to the present moment. 

O: Observe. Notice what is happening and how you are feeling?

P: Proceed. If you feel better, continue doing what you were doing. If you don't, use the information gained during this check-in to change your course.