Life is tricky enough when you're a family coping with a child who has cancer or a life-challenging illness, so when we all now find ourselves working from home at the exact same time all the schools have shut, playgrounds are out of bounds and home-schooling is right up there on the to-do list - it can all feel a tad overwhelming.
So during the months that lie ahead, it's really important to make sure we all dedicate some time to looking after our mental wellbeing and finding some positivity to hold on to.
With thanks to our Clinical Psychologist Dr Erin Hope we've pulled together some useful tips, tools and guides to help you do just that.
Tips for your emotional wellbeing
Avoid consuming too much news and media coverage as it tends to feed anxiety. For the same reason, it may be worth avoiding social media - be mindful of how it's making you feel, and if it's erring on the negative side, give it a miss for a while. Unless it's this happy antidote to all of that.
Make sure you are making time to talk about things other than coronavirus. Hot topics for the Momentum Charity team have been what DIY projects we might actually do, how many times we've walked our dogs and which old school classic films we're going to introduce our children to.
Do what works for you. If you've used coping strategies in the past during stressful times, and they've worked, make sure to dust them off again.
If you're feeling anxiety or panic creeping in, take a moment and do this quick exercise called Stop Drop Breathe aimed at helping you to manage those anxious feeling before they become overwhelming.
Make time for a daily de-stress. Whether it's a bath in the evening, a hug from your partner, the glass of wine at the end of the day (maybe not too many!) or reading a book - make sure you schedule a de-stress into your schedule.
Try to maintain routine and structure to keep a sense of normality.
Connect with others. Take time to speak to people you trust and love.
Control the things you can control and let go of the things you can't.
Take things day by day. We're in the middle of a constantly evolving situation, so right now it’s important not to think too far ahead.
Tips for your child's emotional wellbeing
Explain what is going on as best you can and let them ask you questions (it doesn't matter if you don't know the answers). If you're struggling to find the right words without scaring the daylights out of them, try this brilliant Stay Home Superheroes guide written by@SophiesStories1.
Reassure them they are safe.
Give them space to talk about their worries, and provide as much reassurance as you can.
Create a routine and maintain structure at home.
Limit their exposure to the news.
For social isolation, home schooling & generally staying sane
Make sure you create a daily self-care routine. Staying in jimjams might be the easy option, but it's much better for our mental health to get up and ready for the day ahead.
Eat well, exercise and don't forget to schedule in a daily dose of de-stress
Subscribe to The Captain Calamity Adventures on YouTube, where you'll find a Lock Down Specials playlist designed to keep kids entertained whilst having to stay at home.
Bring wildlife to life in your own living room by typing an animal into Google search bar (on your smartphone or tablet) and within the Wikipedia result hit 'view in 3D'. It should bring up your camera and then 30 seconds later you have a tiger in your house! You can even take a photo with them. Hours of fun! There's loads of animals to explore - try finding all of these: Lion, Tiger, Cheetah, Shark, Hedgehog, Duck, Emperor Penguin, Wolf, Angler Fish, Goat, Rottweiler, Snake, Eagle, Brown Bear, Alligator, Horse, Shetland Pony, Macaw, Pug and turtle. You can see our efforts here Looking forward to seeing all yours too - tag us on @momentumcharity
We've put together a range of great fundraising ideas that you can do from the comfort of your own home. You’ll not only have something fun to focus on, you’ll be helping us be able to continue supporting children with cancer and life-challenging conditions. Get involved>