Preparing for September and adjusting to the ‘New Normal’ in Schools – VLOG

September and the reopening of schools will be welcomed by many parents and children – the long awaited reunion with friends and a return to routine. However, we all know that this will not be a return to school life as we once knew it and for many families and individuals, this time will present a number of challenges and strong feelings.

Adapting Your Environment to Reduce Anxiety – VLOG

Adapting Your Environment to Reduce Anxiety - Anna Chalmers Occupational Therapist https://youtu.be/a56jKvaoUJE   Adapting your environment to reduce anxiety Decluttering your environment Calm clear mind requires a calm clear environment Reduce clutter, creating effective storage Getting rid of multiples Carrying out a 'nightly sweep' Organisation Find a set place for everything Reduce the need for panic searching  Keep … Continue reading Adapting Your Environment to Reduce Anxiety – VLOG

5 Ways to Wellbeing – VLOG

The Five Ways to Wellbeing - Natalie Hunt Training The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ has been around for a while, but I think it is a really useful way to reflect and act upon our self care at this time. Many of us are feeling exhausted and frustrated by the lockdown (at the time of … Continue reading 5 Ways to Wellbeing – VLOG

GCSE and A-Level Cancellations – VLOG

APCAM Vlog - GCSE ALevel

GCSE and A-Level Cancellation Advice   https://youtu.be/CLrTDzdP3Nk   For those of you who were expecting to sit exams this summer, you may be feeling frustrated and worried about what happens next, particularly if you didn’t do as well as hoped in your mocks or you are unhappy with your teacher’s assessments or predicted grades. Some … Continue reading GCSE and A-Level Cancellations – VLOG

Creating Restful Sleep Patterns – VLOG

How to adapt your environment to improve your sleep!  Declutter your bedroom Reduce the amount of stuff that you have visible in your bedroom. In order to sleep well we need to have a clear mind and to limit the distractions around us. Invest in under bed storage or lidded storage baskets and keep your … Continue reading Creating Restful Sleep Patterns – VLOG

Coping with Tantrums and Meltdowns – VLOG

Meltdowns and Tantrums If, like me, you have experienced some challenging behaviour and meltdowns at home, here are a few things to help you cope: Accept what you CANNOT control: Children can respond to change in different ways and they are still learning to understand and manage their emotions. They are currently experiencing a HUGE … Continue reading Coping with Tantrums and Meltdowns – VLOG

Overcoming Self-Defeating Behaviour – VLOG

https://youtu.be/enZafJSpzZo   Managing Self Defeating Behaviour Self defeating behaviour, also known as Negative Automatic Thoughts (NAT’s) or Unhelpful Thoughts are very common, particularly in teenagers as their emotional brains are not fully developed. It is likely that these thoughts and behaviours will be heightened at this time. Categories of NAT’s include: catastrophising, mind reading, unrealistic … Continue reading Overcoming Self-Defeating Behaviour – VLOG

Managing Home Schooling and Staying Calm – VLOG

Tips for Managing Home Schooling and Staying Calm For parents and carers, this is an enormously stressful and challenging time now that the schools are closed. Aim to prioritise moments in the day to recharge and destress – you cannot pour from an empty cup! HOMESCHOOLING: Don’t expect your child to work in the same … Continue reading Managing Home Schooling and Staying Calm – VLOG

Coping With Social Isolation – Vlog

Social Isolation: Managing Your Feelings -  APCAM and Natalie Hunt Mental Health First Aider Coronavirus has created a very challenging set of circumstances for many of us. There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety around the virus and how our lives will be impacted over the coming months. It is OK and completely normal … Continue reading Coping With Social Isolation – Vlog