Every mother wants to know that their children are truly happy.
Finally, social stigmas around mental health are fading, and more people are taking the health of their minds as seriously as they do their bodies.
The pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone in multiple ways, which has no doubt caused a mental toll on everyone.
There isn’t only one route to mental health, and people need a solution that is as unique as they are.
Please read below for a few ways to keep your child’s mind engaged that are both fun and productive.
Learn Computer Coding
Children love to play video games, and sometimes they love coding them even more.
Look for weekly online classes that teach kids fundamental coding skills by showing them how to program their own video game.
Once they’ve created the game, they’ll be able to play it and share it with friends.
They’ll have so much fun learning STEM skills that they won’t even realize they’re learning mathematical concepts and crucial computer skills!
You’ll also find a low ratio of students to teachers and young, relatable teachers from Computer Engineering and Computer Science backgrounds who also grew up playing video games in their youth.
Share the Gift of Music
Music is a vast world that fits everybody’s needs in a particular moment.
Sometimes there are songs to dance to, while other times, you may need a more poignant, soul-stirring song for quiet moments alone.
Open up your child’s mind and show them the gift of music.
Whether you want to introduce them to new types of music outside their wheelhouse or put an instrument in their hands, music is endlessly meaningful for the people listening and creating it.
Music can be consoling and cathartic in ways that defy words.
Move Your Body
A little bit of exercise every day is a fantastic way to recharge your mind and blow off a little steam, even if it’s just a walk around the neighbourhood.
Our bodies were designed to be active, not sit on the couch or at a desk all day.
It’s a good idea to avoid talking about how exercise makes people look, as that can introduce ideas that they may not be ready for related to negative body image.
It depends on your child’s age and maturity level.
Try to ensure the exercise revolves around an activity or game, so their body gets the movement it needs in genuinely fun ways. Young children don’t need to lift barbells!
Mental health is a complicated subject. Even grasping our own mental health is difficult to do in full, never mind someone else’s.
Depending on who you are and what you’ve experienced, you may need the help of a professional psychologist. Still, the above approaches are easily accessible and can only help people feel better.