Staying active is a great way to improve both physical and mental health and it’s important you take daily exercise during this new lockdown.
The NHS has lots of information about staying active during the pandemic, including how to beat the cold, dark evenings and get moving indoors.
Online fitness videos are also available to help you exercise in the privacy of your own home.
Under the new rules in England, you can exercise outside once a day in your local area, with one person from another household. It’s important you’re meeting to exercise though, not just socialise.
Making the most of daylight hours is important at this time of year but you might need to make some changes to your routine, such as taking exercise on your lunch break rather than in the evenings.
Children may be worried now that schools have closed and some may experience stress and anxiety as they try to understand what is happening in the world around them.
The government has published guidance for parents to help support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Young Minds has also produced ten tips for parents to help them talk to children about the pandemic.
Many schools are providing more structured online lessons for this lockdown but this might increase feelings of anxiety, especially if parents or carers have to work from home too.
From this week, the BBC is helping children keep up with their studies by showing three hours of curriculum-based programmes on TV and online every weekday.
The BBC also has a parents’ toolkit with top tips for supporting your child.
As well as this, the BBC also has links to other home schooling resources.
The NSPCC also has lockdown advice for families.
The Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas is also a great source of ideas.
Getting some fresh air and exercise every day is essential and the North Somerset-based Walks with Kids website and Facebook page has some great ideas.
Joe Wicks has also brought back his regular at-home PE lessons, live from 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on his YouTube channel.