Question... If I asked you how your child was feeling out of 10, what would you say? Have a guess and then ask them.
Why is it that when we think of physical health we think of being strong and healthy but when we talk about mental health it's easy to think of being stressed, anxious and worried? Let's be positive when thinking about the words "mental health".
I have put this blog together not only as an experienced sports coach but as a business leader, a manager, a partner, a son and as a friend. Those closest to us can use these tips to help either improve their mental health or just to maintain a healthy mind. As a children's sports coaching company these tips are tailored towards a child's life but can easily be adapted for all.
As a sports coach, I have always encouraged people to get out there and be active! It's no surprise that every country has retained some form of physical activity through even the strictest lockdowns, and that is because it is so important for our health. A child who has exercised will not only have released those endorphins to help them feel good but also will be tired and will have a better nights sleep!
Encouraging our young ones to talk about their emotions in an honest and open way will allow us to spot changes in their behaviour. When you know your child regularly considers themselves as an 8/10 it's easier to spot they are feeling low when they say they are a 5/10. This works both ways though, as a parent it's important that you speak from the heart when talking about your emotions as it will help your kids to feel more comfortable sharing their own emotions.
The quality of food we allow our children to help is likely to have a direct impact on their mental health. Filling up on snacks that give a short burst of energy only to be hit with a sugar low is not a healthy way to move through the day. Ensure they eat food with slow-releasing energy to help them through the day. What breakfast do your children eat?
Encourage Them To Do Something They Are Good At
When kids do something that they know they are good at, it really helps to boost their self-esteem and confidence. It can be too easy to push children to constantly do something new and to challenge themselves. But, without reminding them of all the things they are great at, we risk letting their self-confidence fall. Whether they are feeling low or as high as the sky, ask them to do something they can do, trust me, it works!
Keep In Touch
With all the distractions of the modern world in a child's life, it can be easy to lose touch with those important to them. Encouraging your child to call their friend from their swimming club or to give Grandad a call, this communication could really help not only them to feel good but also whoever they are calling.