Emotional health is extremely important for your child. Particularly when children develop into adulthood, having self-awareness will help them deal with the ups and downs. However, it does not exist independently, but physical health plays a huge part. Having good physical health contributes to good emotional health. So what does good emotional health look like?
What good emotional health looks like
It’s important to not let emotional health slide, especially in children. It’s invaluable to instill positivity and awareness to discuss how they feel.
Good emotional health contributes to:
Resilience: Being able to bounce back from stress and failure. Being resilient will allow children to take healthy risks because they’re not scare of failing or expectations
Relationships: If you’re able to manage your emotions, it will be easier to connect with others. Whether that’s showing compassion and empathy, you’ll be able to communicate and talk about feelings.
Self-esteem: Having good emotional health helps you to see the best in yourself and contributes to higher self-esteem. You can read more about self-esteem here.
Energy: Being in-tune with your emotions will help you focus and think more clearly, meaning a lesser impact on your mental resources.
How to improve your emotional health
Having good emotional health isn’t something you have or don’t have. It’s something that needs to be developed and encouraged. Here are just a few things you can do.
Try some coping strategies such as meditating, journaling or listening to music. These will help you to respond to negative situations rather than reacting.
Spend time with people you connect with. Whether that’s a family friend or a group of peers, having a support network around you that understands you and your feelings will help strengthen your relationships.
Exercise is super important. It helps contribute to a good night’s sleep, keeps your mind ticking over and acts as a distraction if you’re going through a difficult time.
Sleep is important, whatever stage you are in life. It’s proven that a good nights sleep helps you to deal with day head on, and process what’s happened during the day. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep to feel refreshed.
If you feel that you need a bit of extra support, try talking to your GP. They can refer you to counselling or therapy sessions that will be useful in improving and dealing with your emotions.
How I can help
As a motivational speaker and professional coach I have worked with many different children. It’s important for me to encourage children to discuss how they are feelings, work with them to develop their emotional health and act as a positive role model.
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