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Distance Learning – Well-being

We have put together a couple of well-being tips that we hope you will find useful. Please feel free to share with family and friends as it is very important to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these challenging times. We will continue to add to this page so keep on checking in….
Actively manage your well-being by maintaining routines where possible, connect with family and friends (even if not in person), staying physically active and eating nutritious foods.
Show compassion and kindness to one another – these times of fear, isolation (both physical and social) and uncertainty are when it is most important that we strengthen our sense of community by connecting with and supporting each other. Remind ourselves that we can manage this much better together in solidarity.
Follow a “calm yet cautious” approach – do you best to remain calm and be mindful not to contribute to the widespread panic that can hinder efforts to positively manage the outbreak. Ensure you are following directives issued by the government, medical advice and observe good hygiene habits.
Strategies to cope with social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear. • Perspective – try to see this time as unique and different, not necessarily bad, even if it something you didn’t necessarily choose • Connection – think of creative ways to stay connected with others, including social media, email and phone • Be generous to others – giving to others in times of need not only helps the recipient, it enhances your wellbeing too. Is there a way to help others around you? • Stay connected with your values. Don’t let fear or anxiety drive your interactions with others. #InThisTogetherDubai • Daily routine – create a routine that prioritises things you enjoy and even things you have been meaning to do but haven’t had enough time. Read that book, watch that show, take up that new hobby. • Try to see this as a new and unusual period that might even have some benefits. • Limit your exposure to news and media. Perhaps choose specific times of day when you will get updates, and ensure they are from reputable and reliable sources.
Manage your exposure to media coverage as this can increase feelings of fear and anxiety. Be mindful of sources of information and ensure you are accessing good quality and accurate information. (Source:
How often should you rest your eyes when using a computer? Rest breaks - To prevent eyestrain, try to rest your eyes when using the computer for long periods. Rest your eyes for 15 minutes after two hours of continuous computer use. Also, for every 20 minutes of computer viewing, look into the distance for 20 seconds to allow your eyes a chance to refocus.

ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing has announced the launch of a mental health hotline to support individuals’ mental health and psychological wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. The hotline, titled ‘Mental Support Line’, aims to provide initial psychological counselling and support to community members, via the cooperation of volunteer mental health experts, consultants and specialists. The toll-free support line, 800-4673 (HOPE), will enable individuals to reach out via telephone calls or the social network messaging app ‘Whatsapp’. The service is available in Arabic and English.

The Thrive Wellbeing Centre has a COVID-19 resource hub featuring free webinars & support groups for adults, parents, educators, & students, recordings of past live streaming sessions, blogs for parents, students & educators, and downloadable resources for parents & educators. Click on below logo for the link.

If you and your family are looking at ways to calm your mind, here is a fun alternate nostril breathing exercise….

Here are some exercises that you can do together as a family. These are mainly aimed at Primary students:

L1 Mindful Relaxation Self Esteem

L2 Mindful Relaxation Imagine

L3 Mindful relaxation Big Emotions

L4 Mindful relaxation Calming down

L5 Mindful Relaxation Self worth

Mindful Relaxation Class 7 Relationships

If you are looking for some guidance, our partner, The Lighthouse Arabia, has provided us with some useful tips regarding online therapy:

Online Therapy Overview

Online Therapy Infographic

Here are some tips from the Anna Freud Centre.

Some more well-being tips.