“My daughter is getting frustrated every time, even after all the luxury around her,” one of my closest friends said to me over the call. As a parent, we try to keep our child healthy and fit physically, but do we really care about their mental health?
Nutritious food, warm clothes, and a spacious bed can satisfy your child’s physical needs, but what about their emotional needs? Mental health issues can happen at any age, but adults are sound about it, and not kids. Children go through a lot, like exam pressure, bullying, competition, etc.
Good mental health allows children to speak about their problem without hesitating, and can learn new social skills each day. Additionally, encouraging words from parents act as a cherry on the top for improving the children’s self-confidence and healthy emotional outlook on life.
To make your child mentally and physically fit, it’s important to know the issues too. Commonly, we as a parent are just aware of the stress, but there are some to look after, like:
Some common mental health issues in children’s:
Many parents always get confused between depression and sadness; but, it’s not the same. Depressive illness has a lot of symptoms that affect the kid’s creativity and academics. They will face concentration issues, feeling of worthlessness, increased sensitivity, and changes in sleep patterns.
If your kid is overthinking about little instances a lot, and are worried about the simplest tasks, then this is anxiety. Anxiety leads to a negative impact on the brain, and the kid gets anger outbursts. Moreover, they will become more irritated than usual, have difficulty sleeping, and think negatively about everything.
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder is a severe mental illness in kids who act before thinking and become more impulsive. This usually happens at the age of 7 to 10, because of sudden changes in academics and school pressure. The symptoms of ADHD are lack of focus, daydreaming, self-focused behavior, and impulsive actions.
Post-traumatic stress disorders happen in kids because of any past events they face like physical harassment, sexual assault, or bullying. They will also get scary thoughts about these events leading to nervousness, depression, changing sleep patterns, and concentration-problems.
How can you help your child suffering from mental health problems?
So, as you are now aware of several mental health problems in children, here are some steps you can take to help your child. Being the mother of a daughter, I have realized that this care should not be limited to some days; you need to follow this throughout parenting!
Keep a check on physical health:
I try to build a healthy living environment with my daughter at my home by involving her in my activities, and letting her explore the imaginations. I keep her away from the junks by trying out different, healthy, and exciting alternatives.
Moreover, my husband and I spare time from our schedule to do a tad bit of exercising every day. I try to tell the benefits of each activity to my daughter to keep her conscious and mindful. Moreover, we plan her bedtime so that she gets adequate sleep every day.
Keep a check on mental health:
There are many times when my daughter sits idle and stresses out a bit because of academic pressure and exams. I have learned that kids often crave acceptance from their parents. The relationship between parents and children should be open and secure.
Your child should know that your love won’t get affected by their accomplishments. When the home is full of affection and unconditional love, kids grow and set realistic goals.
Nurture self-esteem and confidence:
It’s important to encourage children’s first steps every time to boost their self-confidence and esteem. We often try new games for our daughter as it helps her to explore new things in the surrounding, and become an active participant.
The best advice I could ever give to any parent is to avoid harmful and sarcastic comments whenever their kid fails to do anything. It can discourage them and can lead to mental issues.
Make time for play:
Be a playmate of your child and allow them to lead while playing. I usually play monopoly and other board games with my daughter, and sometimes I let her win purposely to boost confidence.
Talk about feelings:
As a parent, there are many times you will lose temper and might end up hurting your kid; even I do that sometimes. But I prefer talking about my feelings to her and staying as transparent as I can.
And as I am open to my daughter, even she speaks out her problems and feelings without hesitating.
Seek professional help
Signs of fear:
There are some common warning signs you can look after before going for the professional assistance of evaluation.
- Regular anxiety
- Frequent temper problems
- Constant irritation
- Low grades and struggle in academics
- Poor performance in curriculum activities
Choose the right therapy:
Not all the problems of kids can be resolved by parents. In severe cases, you need to take the help of a psychologist or psychiatrist as they use a combination of therapies and treatments to help your kid cope with mental problems.
For the past few years, many teenagers and children are going through severe depression and taking the worst steps like suicide. Parent’s hectic schedules keep them busy throughout the day, and the kid doesn’t get the proper attention and care.
Be there with your kid when they need you the most because a little ignorance affects their brain adversely. Enjoy every little moment, because if you don’t do it now, you may regret it later! Happy Parenting!
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