Children’s Mental Health
Tips for Taking Care of Parent and Child Mental Health
By: Mary Campbell, Oasis Parenting Department Director
You may have heard that the U.S. Surgeon General’s office recently issued an advisory on the declining state of youth mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many theories as to why this is happening. The bottom line is that it is going to take an effort by all to help improve positive mental health. Please visit the following website if you would like to read more about this study (https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-general-youth-mental-health-advisory.pdf).
In this post, we can focus on simple things that will help boost positive moods in our families. Most experts agree that parents are the best model for teaching our children how to manage life stressors. For example, if your favorite 4-letter word comes out every time you are frustrated, guess what will be coming out of your cute toddler’s mouth when they drop their cookie on the floor?
First, parents may need to do a self-check to access how their own mental health is coping. Do this by simply taking 5-10 minutes to sit still and “listen” to your mind and body. This is called a “body scan.” Are you tense in any particular area? Is your mind racing about your “to do” list? What is your overall mood at this moment in time? If you need more help on this visit, https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/screening-self-tests. Once you learn to carve out these brief moments of time you are better able to address what comes next.
Here are the top 10 tips to help increase positive mental health in both parents and children: