It can be a wild world out there, and sometimes, that can lead parents to worry. We cannot protect our children from everything in life, and in fact, doing so would be a mistake. That said, it can feel as though needing to protect the mental health of our children is more important than ever, as the sad fact is that more and more teenagers are reporting the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health afflictions.
Of course, none of our advice should be taken as direct medical guidance. You should always speak to your healthcare provider and doctor to help ameliorate these issues. But is it possible that protecting the mental health of our children is also a good idea? Certainly! Let’s look at three measures we can take to help our children have a better chance of a happy childhood, to become stronger, and to ultimately become healthier, more careful, and more respectful young adults.
Protecting The Mental Health Of Your Children
Consider Their Online Habits
While we wouldn’t dream to pose as experts regarding what’s good for a child’s mental health, we believe that any conversation around it that ignores the realities of life online is simply not complete. Children and teenagers especially live online these days. It’s where they get most of their news, their entertainment, and even their socializing (especially with the last year in lockdown). Taking a healthy interest in monitoring their online habits for suitability is essential. Family Orbit suggests using reliable monitoring apps to help parents understand their children’s online behavior and to moderate it as appropriate for them.
Help Them Stay Healthy & Fit
Health and fitness are a massive contributor to mental health no matter who you are or what your age is, and for that reason, ensuring your children are able to get out and exercise or that they have access to good nutrition is healthy. This also includes good sleep habits, that is going to bed each night at the same time and waking up at the same time regularly, too. The best way we can help them do this is to lead by example, to cook them wholesome meals, and to make sure they are encouraged to go outside or play (perhaps investing in a bike for their efforts). This can all have a worthwhile effect.
Build Their Confidence
Building their confidence is a worthwhile aspect of encouraging mental health. Of course, it’s incredibly shortsighted to think that a confident person is somehow a cure for mental health affliction, but it can be right to think that a healthy sense of self-worth and growing resilience can help your children feel obliged to seek help if they need it, or rather, can help them skirt the difficulties of developing social life more easily. This involves praising them when it’s due, helping them join a sport or another interest, and allowing them to express themselves. Little effort, and aid like this, can make an amazing difference going forward.
Remember, even if they’re struggling, doing the best you possibly can is good enough. However, if you can’t cope anymore, it would be best to reach out to professionals for help.