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Posted on March 21, 2022 at 12:20 PM by Kari Bray
This is Part 6 in a multi-week series of blogs focused on the ABCs of Healthy Kids. Learn more at www.snohd.org/healthykids.
Top Three Take-Aways: Keeping kids physically healthy includes building good routines for exercise, eating, hygiene and sleep. Mental and emotional health is important even from a young age – children of all ages can experience intense emotions, and adults can help them build skills to cope in healthy ways. Children should learn to listen to their bodies and their feelings, and to recognize when they may need help to keep their body and mind healthy.
Children should learn to listen to their bodies and their feelings, and to recognize when they may need help to keep their body and mind healthy.
Keeping our bodies healthy is much easier when we take care of our mental health, too. The same is true in reverse – it’s easier to keep our minds healthy when we are meeting the needs of our bodies.
Kids are still learning to make the connection between their physical and mental health. Most adults are still working on that connection, too.
Talk with children about physical and mental health. Be a good listener. Work with them on being able to think about and answer questions like:
Being able to recognize your needs is one of the most valuable skills children can learn. It can help them to prevent or to recognize and address health problems early.
Here are five key things to consider building into your children’s routines.
Children of all ages can experience intense emotions, stress and trauma. Don’t dismiss a young person’s mental health needs as trivial or temporary. Here are five tips to help focus on mental health:
If you a child or teen in your life is experiencing a mental or emotional crisis, help is available. The chat line at imhurting.org, or a phone call to 800-584-3578, can connect you with an expert to help talk through helping a young person in crisis.
Take some time now to check off the “F” in the ABC’s for healthy kids. Have you talked with your child about healthy habits for their mind and body? Are you modeling those habits yourself?
Kids need support for both physical and mental health to lay a foundation for lifelong wellness.