Covid-19 tips

The Educational Psychology Service at Northamptonshire County Council have put together some tips to support parents through this unprecedented situation.


A smile is the best and easiest gift to yourself and others - Veronica Lawrence 2020

Tips and advice

A simple act with massive healing power.

Even forcing a fake smile can legitimately reduce stress and lower you heart rate. Smiling releases certain hormones including Dopamine and Serotonin. Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness and Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Smiling can trick your mind into believing you are happy leading to actual feelings of happiness.

Things you can do in your daily routine are:

  • Pretend to smile
  • Tell a joke a day
  • Laugh, you will have a positive sensation and this can help to overcome stress. Laughing releases Serotonin in the brain

NBS news have produced an article with more information about how smiling can boost happiness:

Smiling child Smiling child 2 Smiling child and grandfather

​Anything will do!

 Singing releases Endorphins and Oxytocin which in turn relieves anxiety and stress which are linked to feelings of trust and bonding.

  • Sing out loud when washing your hands
  • Hum to yourself
  • Sing out what you are going to do today

Here are some more reasons why you should start singing today:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Releases stress
  • Benefits your heart
  • Increases your energy
  • Improves your memory
  • Fosters clear thinking through correct breathing

For more information visit:

 Blue cartoon of singers

​In times of extreme stress our brains go into flight, fight, freeze responses overiding capacity to think. Reducing the amount of stress is important for you and your family.

Watch listen and seek to understand. Too much information may cause stress if you don't understand it. Decide what to watch and how to explain it. Notice your emotions as they will affect those around you.

  • Explain the essentials in a way that everyone understands
  • Reduce watching the news and monitor what your children are watching
  • For a few hours turn off the TV, devices and streaming services
  • Virtually hug other people
  • Hugging your family at home is ok


To see more information about what you should be doing visit:

GOV.UK - Coronavirus advice