Practical Ways To Improve Your Child’s Mental Wellness

Every loving parent will agree that raising a healthy child is of prime importance. Unfortunately, many parents seem to forget or are completely clueless about improving their children’s mental health. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 out of 5 children experience mental disorders. And this can affect their emotional and physical well-being. While you cannot prevent all mental health issues, you can take some steps to ensure that your little one is mentally healthy. Some of the steps include the following.

     1. Try putting yourself in your child’s shoes occasionally

You’ve been a child before, you struggled to navigate your raw emotions growing up, and you know how it feels. Of course, looking back, you can laugh off your silly emotions and tantrums, but you probably excuse them (or even justify them) because you were a child. Well, it’s time to extend a similar courtesy to your little one. This is in no way suggesting that you always give your child a pass on bad behavior. It only means pausing and listening to your child before you snap. Yes, there should always be consequences for breaking the rules, but you should also give your kids the chance to express themselves. This way, they won’t grow up with bottled-in, pent-up feelings.

     2. Don’t ignore regular playtime outdoors

Kids love to play, but you already know that by now. And with so many options to keep your child entertained indoors (like their video games), getting them outside can become a challenge. Spending time outdoors offers immense mental health benefits, such as reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. An analysis of different studies also shows that spending time close to nature helps to improve mood, even in children.

     3. Model healthy coping skills

Kids observe their parents and even imitate their emotional response to situations. You can take advantage of this to help your child deal with their emotions more healthily by modeling healthy coping skills at home. From practicing breathing techniques to going for walks, you’ll be amazed by how effective the most basic coping skills can improve your child’s emotional health. While modeling healthy coping skills, it’s important to take care of your own mental health, as it can affect your child.

     4. Pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal cues

One of the best ways to monitor your child’s emotional state is to pay attention to the cues they throw your way, both verbal and non-verbal. This way, you can quickly identify when your little one needs someone to talk to about school, friends, etc., or when they need any form of emotional support. The more attuned you are to your child, the more aware you become of their emotional health.

     5. Encourage positive thinking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping kids stay positive is crucial to their mental health, whether you’re a teacher or parent. Negative thoughts or poor self-image can affect their academics and social life. It is important to teach your kids about positivity and positive affirmations. Teach them at home or in the classroom to feel good about themselves and believe in their capabilities.