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Supporting your child’s emotional wellbeing

12.10.23

As parents, we can measure many aspects of our children’s health, but a child’s emotional wellbeing – their ability to manage their feelings, cope with the challenges that life might present, and adapt to change – is much harder to quantify.

Emotional wellbeing is essential in a world where young people might face pressures at school, in peer groups, or through social media.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) found that globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental health condition.[1]

Our formative childhood years are a crucial time when we develop habits and attitudes towards mental health and wellbeing that can carry all the way into adulthood.

Here are a few ideas for how you can create an environment where your child feels comfortable discussing their emotions from a young age.

1. Be open

Transparent communication is an important tool in a child’s development - be honest and open, in an age appropriate way, and explain your decisions and requests to them. This should, in turn, encourage them to open up to you.

2. Show affection

Showing affection helps to ensure our children feel safe, and it can boost their self-esteem.

3. Connect

Set aside regular time where your child is able to connect and receive your undivided attention. Play together or go for a walk, read bedtime stories. Use this time to ask open-ended questions about their day and explore how they are feeling.

4. Get creative

Creative activities can reduce stress and improve mental health. Being creative can also help us to express our emotions in a positive and productive way, especially when those feelings are difficult to put into words.

5. Practice mindfulness together

Mindfulness - a practice that involves focusing your attention on the present moment - can benefit the whole family. Slowing down, and focussing on regulated breathing can help to keeps awareness focused in the moment, reducing anxiety and helping with sleep.

6. Physical activity

When we exercise, our brain releases chemicals that reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and increases the production of ‘feel-good’ hormones, such as endorphins. Find physical activities that your child finds fun and fulfilling, whether together as a family, or on their own.

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Sources:

[1] Mental health of adolescents (who.int) - 2019

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