Health is what every mom strives for in their children. We want emotionally, physically, and mentally stable children.
But that can take more focus than we realize, and as a working mom, that means adding some tasks to your daily routine that allow for those developments to occur. Today, we’ll hone in on the mentality of our kids—because if they don’t have sound mental health, can we expect health in other ways?
Think about it—even as adults, when we have days when our headspace is off, then that can affect every other area in our lives. It’s the same thing with kids! So if you want to help your child develop and maintain a good headspace, take a look below. You’ll find a few different ways to promote good mental health in children. Check it out!
Focus on Positive Self-Talk
This is a phrase that some people like to poke fun at: “Positive self-talk.” What is that? But it’s incredibly beneficial to your mental health. A lot of the time, we are our own harshest critics, and that starts at a young age. As such, the practice of getting your child to utilize self-affirmation statements in the morning and hone the ability to self-soothe is an essential component of positive mental health.
You can help your child with this by using positive affirmations with your kids. Phrases like “You make me proud,” “I believe in you,” “You are important,” and the like will give your child the boost they need.
Create a Safe Environment
A safe mental space first comes from a safe physical space. If a child doesn’t feel comfortable, then it’s going to be hard for them to open up and talk to you about their emotions and thoughts. Do your best to create a safe space for children so that they feel more comfortable opening up to you and being wholly themselves.
Ensure Enough Outdoor Time
There are so many reasons kids need outdoor time, but one of the main ones is how happy it makes them. If your child is having a tough day and feeling drained or down in the dumps, take them outside. Let them sit in nature for a bit and delve into their creativity to pull them out of the slump they’re in. Whatever it is, nature tends to work its magic and provide a safe place to process.
Think about how a nice walk after work helps to soothe you. It’s the same thing for kids!
Teach the Power of Resilience
As happy as you may want your kids to be, they’re going to realize that things won’t always go their way. Children will experience disappointment, and that’s okay. What’s important is how they can bounce back from such situations without losing their emotional balance. That’s where good mental health and resiliency come into play. Here are a few ways you can help your child become more resilient!
- Help them take decisive actions after a disappointment
- Avoid framing bad situations as catastrophes
- Accept that change is a part of living
- Maintain a hopeful outlook
Hopefully, these ways to promote good mental health in children gave you just the insight you need to help your child!