Make 2017 Your Year to Improve Your Children’s Mental Well-Being

It’s common for adults to start off a new year thinking about the things they want to change and commit to. I think one of the healthiest commitments we can make is improving our children’s mental well-being.

Here are 5 Simple Tips to help you make 2017 the year of positive mental well-being for your children. With your help and guidance, these tips will bring powerful benefits when incorporated into their daily routines.

1. Keep a Journal

Journaling helps both boys and girls deal with stress and challenging life events. It positively impacts physical, mental and emotional well being. It also promotes reflection and encourages them to take charge of their emotions which can result in greater self confidence and resilience.

Sometimes the thought of writing in a journal can be daunting to both parents and children: Where will I begin? What will I write? That’s why I have created the UPower 30 day journaling challenge to help them get started. Please join us here.

2. Being Bored is Okay

Working hard and putting in the effort does pay off, but giving your children some time to be bored is important too. If your child does not have a break from activities and the hustle and bustle of daily life, it may lead to stress.

According to Lyn Fry, a child psychologist, “I think children need to learn how to be bored in order to motivate themselves to get things done. Being bored is a way to make children self-reliant. If parents spend all their time filling up their child’s spare time, then the child is never going to learn to do what makes them happy.”

3. Get More Sleep

Poor sleep can affect your child’s mood, behaviour and ability to learn. I never realized how much until I read this article. With my 4 year old son, Kai, I notice a major difference in his demeanour and ability to focus and listen when he hasn’t had enough zzz’s. Even though getting him to bed can sometimes be a frustrating challenge my efforts pay off the next day for him and the rest of the family.

4. Eat for Your Brain

A healthy, balanced diet is not only good for your children’s body, it’s amazingly beneficial for their brains. The right foods can improve brain function, focus, memory and concentration especially in school. By teaching your children to make healthy eating choices and modelling these behaviours, you can help your children develop healthy habits. Helping your children understand the benefits of healthy eating by teaching them about food – where it comes from, how it grows, what nutrients it contains and how it effects their body – will help them reach their full potential.

5. Find a Hobby

Help your children find their ‘thing’. It could be dance, sports, reading, painting, board games, the arts, playing in the sand – something that helps them relax and find enjoyment. It’s a step towards improving their mental well-being and confidence. Keep in mind that younger children need realistic goals that match their ambitions with their abilities.

With your help, older children can choose activities that test their abilities and increase their independence.

Until next time…