Here are few ways in which you can protect your child’s mental and physical health in this summer break
These past 3 months have made our life upside down for all of us especially for children who were forced to adapt to these changing times in a flash. In this unprecedented time, where screen time is much higher and less time spent outdoors, the topmost priority for the parents is the mental & physical wellbeing of their kids. Cultivating mental as well as physical healthy habits is one of the most important things you can teach your child as overall fitness has a huge impact on your child’s behaviour and its ability to focus on various tasks. The enforced lockdowns and social distancing have led to increased mental stress, anxiety, and irritable behaviour in the little ones.
Here are few ways in which you can protect your child’s mental and physical health in this summer break:
1. Proper and healthy nutrition, exercise, rest, and stress-reduction are few main areas which can help your child create a balance that will ensure a fit mind and body. By sticking to a structure and planning day to day routine- you are naturally providing a pleasant, life-affirming environment that promotes mental wellness and one of the best ways to improve mental health by keeping the memory strong and neurodegenerative diseases at bay.
2. Make your games at home: Children these days look forward to trying and experience something new especially with a lockdown in place, make your games using coloured cards, scissors etc or anything else that you may want to make fun and creative games according to kids comfort and interest. This will help in soothing their anxiety and sharpen your child’s focus.
3. Get them involved: Children often complaint of boredom and laziness while they are trapped in their houses all day, insert some movement and try to make self-care as fun as possible for them. Encourage them to move by helping you in doing simple household chores, taking their help while you are cooking or baking, involve yourself with them while they are doing art and craft, puzzles or Lego construction etc. Do not push them to do anything, kids will love to be active if they’re free to choose their activity.
4. Make exercise fun: If the whole family is involved and participate with them to do a certain activity, they are likely to enjoy and do it more. Get involved in indoor exercise sessions or evening dance sessions, after-dinner walks in the balcony or lobby area. Give them space to do it however they like it. This will improve their emotional health and teach interaction skills.
5. Praise and appreciate them: Children thrive on the routine they are put into and with so many changes happening around them, it sometimes becomes difficult for them to adapt to these changes. Praise them if your children are not struggling in adapting to any new situation, appreciate their every positive effort. This will help maintain a positive mental attitude and encourage them to.
6. Getting enough sleep: Regular sleep pattern, going to bed and getting up at the same time is extremely important for the psychological well being of the little ones. Enough sleep makes them concentrate on tasks longer and are better able to make positive decisions.
7. Nutritious food: Healthy and nutritious food are one of the powerful tools for mental and physical fitness. With coronavirus cases increasing day by day, one of the important responsibility at this moment for us is to strengthen our child’s immunity. Fruits and green leafy vegetables strengthen their immune system as well as keep them physically and mentally well. These brain foods sharpen their minds, stabilise their moods, helps in preventing mental health conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression etc
Preach what you teach! You are a number one role model for your child, so do these activities with them so that they have your support and validation while they’re trying to adjust to this ‘new normal summer break’