3 ways to maintain and improve our kids’ mental health
Mental Health is a problem that affects an increasing proportion of people each day. One of the affected groups that we should be worried most about is our children.
Mental Health America stated that: Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.
Children are always viewed as carefree and although they go through the occasional tantrum, they should be living in one of the most joyful times of their lives. So what are some things that children can engage in to improve their mental health instantly?
Sleep is an important factor in maintaining a child’s mental health. Children who have enough sleep worry less and are less likely to be affected by adverse mental conditions. Ensure your children have the necessary hours of sleep to keep their bodies and minds in shape.
To make sure your kids have quality sleep, do not allow them to use tech for at least an hour before bedtime. The colorful blue lights of modern screens affects the release of melatonin, a hormone that is released to signal sleepiness.
To prevent this from happening, disallow tech gadgets in the bedroom, or if your child is adamant on one more round of Slither.io, then use a blue-light filter or orange-tinted glasses to minimize the effects of blue light on sleep quality.
Music is a great source to boost our moods and are show to have positive effects in Children too.
A study by Nature Neuroscience shows that listening to music releases dopamine, a hormone that induces a feel-good state in children.
Make sure to use safe-listening children’s headphones when letting kids listen to music. This prevents hearing damage and will let kids listen to their favorite songs without worry.
Play & Exercise
Exercise is beneficial to a child’s body as much as it is to a child’s mental health. Similarly to music, engaging in exercise raises the heart rate and releases dopamine and endorphins in the body.
This is what is referred to as a ‘runner’s high’, that great feeling you attain when running or doing any form of moderate to high intensity exercises.
Team sports are perfect for kids as it promotes exercise as well as a chance to play with friends. According to the Mental Health Organisation friendship decreases stress, enhances self-confidence and most importantly improves happiness.