In a world that revolves around healthy practices, raising mentally strong children isn’t talked about enough. We have the tips you need to succeed!
Self-Care Tips Every Parent Ought To Know For Mentally Strong Children
Between car seats and seat belts, to helmets and elbow and knee pads, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. But what are we doing about silent dangers like mental illness?
Researchers now know that mental illnesses, depression specifically, often begins in childhood, affecting as many as 1 in every 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents.
Depression commonly occurs alongside other mental health conditions. And although low self-esteem is not defined as a mental health disorder, they are two entwined problems.
It’s important to start early when establishing our kids’ self-esteem. When children learn to love and accept themselves, they will automatically be on track for a better life. Consider introducing your children to these small steps toward a healthy lifestyle that will better their body and mind:
Good communication and good self-esteem go hand in hand. Learning how to communicate effectively and confidently is the key to having healthy relationships with others as well as yourself.
If your child has low self-esteem, they might have trouble speaking up which can be destructive to their mental well-being. It’s important to teach our children to learn how to advocate for their thoughts, feelings, and needs.
If they don’t know what to say or ask, encourage them to learn about mental health on their own terms through age-appropriate resources. Knowledge can lead them to ask for the help they need which is the first step in practicing self-care.
Experts suggest that if children engage in activities, such as art, they can boost their feelings of self-worth, as well as bring out strengths and positive attributes.
There are various creative activities kids can do. Examples are things like coloring pages that children can complete which exude so many added benefits to their mental health.
Completing an art project, whether big or small, not only promotes mindfulness by focusing on the present moment and task at hand, but it can also provide children with a sense of accomplishment and pride for completing a project that allowed them to showcase their self-expression.
Oftentimes we focus solely on the physical benefits exercise has on our children’s development, like increased bone and muscle strength, as well as healthy weight.
But recent studies have spotlighted the benefits that physical activity has on children’s mental health. Exercise can be an enjoyable way to help our children manage negative emotions and act as a confidence booster.
“Exercise has a positive effect on creating mentally healthy children by releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression,” according to physical health educator Len Saunders.
Not only that, but physical activity can take the place of screen time where cyberbullying is oftentimes fostered. Additionally, children can use exercise as a means to learn a new activity. Learning how to rollerblade or ice skate, can ultimately increase their confidence by providing a sense of gratification.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!