WAYS TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

  • TEACH THE CHILD HOW TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES: Allow them to talk about anything without them feeling like a burden. Most children don’t talk to their parents or guardian about their feelings because the reaction from their parents would be more overwhelming. Children face different situations like bullying, abuse of different kinds which will definitely tell on their emotions and affect their mental health. A child that is granted the avenue to talk facing these issues will make problem-solving easier by giving details about the problem, while a child who doesn’t talk may be stuck. Understanding and listening to children improve their emotional skills which also improve their self-esteem.
  •  KNOW EACH CHILD’S WAY OF BEING CREATIVE: Children have a different way of being creative. Some may like sports, some may like arts, and some may like writing. These ways can give clues to their feeling and can also help them cope with difficult feelings. Teach them how to use these different ways to express themselves. Do not cut them short on their creativity, this makes them feel insecure and makes them keep things away.
  • BE EMPATHETIC (IDENTIFY THEIR FEELINGS): Take time and listen to your children. Make their point relevant and validate their feelings even if you are not in support. When their emotions are understood, it makes them understand and accept your own point of view. It doesn’t give way for indulgence but they can always express themselves. A child whose emotions are always rejected will be fixed.
  • MAKE THEM REALISE LIFE IS ABOUT JOY AND PAIN (LIFE IS NOT A BED OF ROSES): Tell your children life offers joy and pain. Everybody will experience a time when things will blossom and the other way round is also bound to happen. Experiencing failure in life is not a bad thing but a phase to learn and re-build oneself, this should be known by children. Helping them discover what they can thrive better on is important. Helping them in learning new coping skills makes them adapt more to life events. Engaging them in counseling programs to help them develop adaptive mechanisms is very important.
  • NOTICE THE CHILD’S BEHAVIOUR:  Behavior is usually the first thing that changes in a child that is faced with any problem. Watch out for a change in attitude or actions. A child displaying a negative attitude needs to be asked questions. Guide them in solving their problems.
  • WATCH THEIR SPEECH: A child’s speech is a result of his/her thinking. A child who says negative things is definitely having a negative thought. Take note of the child’s comment on TV Programs, movies, occurrences. This could denote a lot of bad thoughts going on in his/her mind. Negative talks give way to low self-esteem. Help them choose a positive path and make them used to positive ways of seeing things, leading to positive thoughts and positive speech.
  • BE THEIR ROLE MODEL: Do not be afraid to express feelings while they are present. Do not curtail it, when it seems overboard sometimes e.g. losing your temper; you can apologize afterward. Always seek help when it’s needed, make them realize there is no shame in seeking help.

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