How to maintain a child’s mental health
As the latest research shows, there is a steady decline in mental health among children, and this process begins at an average of 14 years. Most children have suicidal thoughts at least once in their lives, and this greatly affects the quality of their daily lives.
However, parents, following certain guidelines, can help their children become healthier mentally. Consider these tips in more detail.
1. Initiate communication
Today, when communication between people is often reduced to SMS-correspondence and messages on social networks, ordinary communication can help a child to strengthen mental health. Ask the child about what is bothering him, ask if he has any problems. Let the child open up. Let him speak out, don’t criticize or pressure him. A child should not be afraid of being punished or judged.
2. Keep quiet
It can be painful for parents to see their children unhappy and suffering from any negative emotions, problems, etc.in such cases, parents often panic and show inadequate reactions. This should not be done in any case. In all situations, parents should remain as calm and patient as possible. If any situation puts you at a standstill, share your feelings with someone close to you and ask them for advice.
3. Give your child time
Your child constantly needs your help. You can be his best friend. Your presence in his life, willingness to listen and support will help him cope with all difficulties. Of course, in the modern rhythm of life it is very difficult to find a balance between work and family. But, if your child is living a difficult period in life, try to spend as much time with him as possible.
4. Let your child feel safe
Support the child and show him your love – so he will feel safe. Cook him for dinner his favorite dish or have dinner with the family in the cafe. Many children experience various mental disorders (stress, anxiety, etc.) because they do not feel safe. Use all possible ways to give a sense of security to the child – and he will feel much better.
5. Soothe the child
People tend to worry and think that things are much worse than they really are. If the child is worried about any situation, convince him that nothing bad will happen. This will help the child to calm down. Adjust the child to a positive perception of the situation and convince that everything will be fine.
6. Seek help
If all of the above methods have not brought the desired result and you do not see positive changes in the behavior and mood of your child, seek professional help from a psychologist. He will be able to determine exactly what the negative emotions of the child are associated with, and correct the situation in time.
It is also very important that the child receives support from family, school teachers and friends.
For a long time, mental health was not given due attention. However, this is extremely important for everyone, especially for children. Children are defenseless, and often they can not understand how to behave in a particular situation. If your child is experiencing any difficulties, help him. This will not only help him in a particular situation, but also strengthen his mental health, which will undoubtedly be of great benefit in the future.