It is Children’s mental health week and with 1 in 8 children aged between 5 to 9 years old suffering from at least one mental disorder it is time that we start looking into ways to help our children from a young age practice good mental health. Data from the NHS.
Emotional well-being in children is just as important as their physical health. If children have a good mental health they can develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and can grow into healthy adults.
Ways to help support children with Mental Health
Below is a great guide from believeperformance.com with ways you can help your child with their mental health.
We love our children but with our busy lifestyles how often do we show them that we love them. We may spend hours running around after them, tidying up and taking them from club to club, we know we do all these things because we love them but do our children see this as love?
Sometimes we just need to take a minute to spend with our children and show them the love we have for them and that we care about them. Taking time out to listen to them and give them our uninterrupted attention can help show we care and that we love them.
I recently took a online parenting course with Growth & Grit called ‘Managing the mayhem of Meltdowns’ and one piece of advise that has really stuck with me is the need to spend at least 10 minutes everyday with no electronic distractions doing what your child wants you both to do together. Not only will this show you love them but can help build your bond and give them the attention they need from you.
Smothering them with kisses and cuddles is also a great way to show you love them but make sure you get in as many as you can when they are little as once they grow it becomes harder to get kisses and cuddles.
Exercise can help children and adults feel good. When exercising our bodies releases chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin which help to boost our mood and can alleviate stress and anxiety. Exerciseright.com says that a short 10 minute walk is a great way to elevate anxiety and depression in children, so why not all get out together and go on a family walk.
Being out in nature can also help with mental health as it can help relieve stress, anxiety and in the long term help depression. Take a look at my post about the benefits of nature for more information on how it can improve health and also for ways children can enjoy nature. Even just encouraging your children outside to play for an hour or so a day can help boost their mood.
Yoga and meditation is a good thing to get your children into from a young age even just 15 minutes a week can help make a big difference and they will learn relaxation techniques that they can use in everyday life when feeling stressed.
Starting your children off Journaling at a young age can have so many benefits and help with mental well-being. Scholastic say that Journaling can help children deal with their big feelings. Journal’s are a safe non-judgemental place for children to record how they are feeling and it helps them to express and understand how they are feeling. Journaling for children can also help improve their writing and communication skills. Mindset & Me have created a journal especially for children which is designed to help improve their mental health and well-being as well as build confidence, resilience and help develop high self esteem, Mindset & Me Children’s Journal.
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