Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

*This is a collaborative post

In 2020 it was estimated that a probable 1 in 6 children (aged 5 to 16) were likely to have some form of mental health issue. This is an increase of 50% that needs to be tackled but how do we help? We have teamed up with a sixth form in Hampshire to share a few tips on supporting children with their mental health.

Maintain a Healthy Routine

A good sleep routine, nutritious food and exercise can all assist in improving the mood and can help your child with their mental health. It’s a well-known fact that we’re all a lot crankier without enough sleep and psychologically, it can make us more prone to feeling anxious, depressed, and experiencing paranoia. 

Stay Involved

Being involved and expressing an interest not only brings you closer to your child but it allows you to spot the signs when they’re struggling with their mental health. Having an open and non-judgmental relationship can also lower the barriers and make talking about mental health easier, allowing your child to confide in you for support.

Take Them Seriously 

Mental health issues often amplify feelings and can make what might have been a simple and honest mistake feel like the end of the world. It’s important to recognise and take these feelings seriously while reassuring them. Offer constructive feedback and work with them to find solutions to remedy situations.

Mindfulness Techniques

You can also turn to coping strategies such as mindful breathing that they can use to calm their heart rate and reduce the feeling of anxiety. There are many more that can be found online that may work better for your child.

Take Care of Yourself

Looking after yourself will not only help you to better support your children but will also set an example of how to look after your mental health. Spending time on self-care, hobbies and other soothing activities are great ways to do this.

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