A peaceful home environment promotes a sense of well-being

Today’s students are facing high levels of stress and anxiety, as the aftermath of the pandemic continues to affect children’s mental health.         

Here are some simple things you can do at home to support your child’s  mental and emotional health:

  • Remember the big three: good nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise. These are the keys to overall wellness.
  • Encourage laughter. Laughter should be a part of each day. Have everyone share favorite funny shows, movies, jokes and stories.
  • Share good things. Every day, have each family member report one good thing that happened. Try to do this during a family meal and write down the responses in a family gratitude journal.
  • Share stress-relief strategies. Teach your child to take deep breaths, go for a walk or turn on some relaxing music when feeling anxious or stressed.
  • Stay organized. An organized, clutter-free home creates a more peaceful environment for everyone. It also teaches your child how to take care of belongings.
  • Stay connected. Listen when your child shares concerns, and offer reassurance. If you become worried about your child, make an appointment with the pediatrician.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2022 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2022 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: R. Chatterjee, “Kids are back in school—and struggling with mental health issues,” National Public Radio.