Please read this with your child and watch the video clips together and then have a go at doing something together which makes you feel good. Have fun!

Express yourself is about finding creative ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through things like art, writing, music, dance and doing things that make you feel good.

Being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show how you are feeling that can help you feel good about yourself.

What do you like doing which you feel good when you are doing it?

See if you can spot different people expressing themselves in this short video?

What is mental health and why does it matter?

It matters because when we feel good about ourselves, it can help our mental health and wellbeing. Remember, just as we look after our physical health (our bodies) by doing things like exercising, eating well and getting enough sleep, we also need to look after our mental health (our minds). One way of caring for our mental health is to notice and share how we are feeling. Expressing ourselves in creative ways can help us do this.

In lockdown, we saw lots of people finding creative ways to help them through it (such as gardening or growing plants, mindful colouring, drawing, reading or writing stories, making models, dancing, baking, etc.).

Look at this clip of what some people did to help their mental health and express themselves.

Did you or have you been doing anything in lockdown which helps your mental health and allows you to express yourself?

We are all different and will find different creative ways to express ourselves. Finding healthy ways to express ourselves can make us feel good, happy, relaxed, excited, connected …

Remember, when we express ourselves we don’t have to be a great artist or a wonderful dancer. It’s not about being the very best at something or putting on a performance. Let’s encourage each other to find lots of different ways to get creative and express ourselves.

Watch this animated video of “Beautiful Oops”

What are you going to try this week?

You might want to try something different or you may want to share with a friend something that makes them feel good.

Some ideas for you to try. Remember to enjoy expressing yourself!

  • Baking
  • Music
  • Words
  • Singing
  • Digital design
  • Drawing
  • Doodling
  • One minute squiggle game (See video below)
  • Two minute origami ‘dog’ challenge (See video below)