Lockdown is making it very easy for children to feel bored and negative about the situation we are all in. Every day may feel the same to them. Children get up, get dressed, then do home learning/live lessons. Older children and teenagers may speak to their friends online or meet one friend outside. Younger children can take a trip to the local park or go or a walk with mum or dad, then its dinnertime followed by more social activities online, play or a movie and relaxing time.
It can feel soooo monotonous. Look more closely and we can see that every day is not the same and there are glimmers of good things that are happening in life. It can be easy to focus on the negatives of lockdown so make a point of acknowledging the positives when they arise.
Why Start a Positivity Journal?
I think it is a really good idea, (if your children aren’t already doing so), that they keep a positivity diary. Encourage them to create a journal of the things that have brightened their day. Things like:
- Something funny they said or did in a lesson.
- Anything that made them laugh out loud or raise a smile.
- A good conversation with a friend
- Getting a great mark in an online test.
- They helped to cook dinner for the family and everyone loved the food.
- They actually got out and met a friend in the park.
It is important that children hold onto those good events/experiences/memories so they are reminded that lockdown has not been all bad. That life was not boring every day – that some positive things and things they enjoyed came out of it.