Practical steps you can follow
We all have our ups and downs and for children these can be confusing. It is an unusual time for them as they return to school following the summer holidays with many restrictions being lifted. This could cause them to feel uncertain and a little bit lost. Here are some mood boosting tactics you can employ to boost your child’s well-being.
Ask your child if they can remember when someone said something kind about them. Write down this kindness on a piece of paper and seal it up tight in an envelope. Next time they are feeling unsure, open a kindness envelope together and remind them how special they are to so many people!
Lift others up-
The mood of those around us affects how we feel. This means our behaviour has the power to boost someone else’s mood. Encourage your child to be mindful of this as they go about their day. What type of vibes do they think they’re giving off to those around them?
If something happens during the day to upset them, can they find a positive spin on the situation? Are they sensitive to how others are feeling? Ask what they could do to be kind today and lift someone else’s mood. Think about how your own behaviour – could this be affecting how they’re feeling?
Get physical –
Just like with adults, children’s mental health is linked closely to their physical health. Encourage your child to get moving, whether that’s going for a walk or dancing to their favourite song. However, they move, they’ll get those feel-good hormones pumping!
Eating nutritionally balanced food will help to level out your child’s mood. BBC food is a great place to start for family friendly healthy meals. There are also lots of meal kit services now available including gousto, hello fresh and mindful chef- all of which make cooking easy and fun. Get the kids involved and let them choose the meals and help you prepare them!
Get your child to put aside between 10 minutes and half an hour to relax. Suggest they use the time to focus on doing as little as possible. It should be time to let themselves “be” and reflect on their day, instead of trying to achieve anything. Spend some time together creating a space in which they can do this. It could be a corner of their bedroom or playroom.