At CitizenRad we focus our energy and social impact on schools and organizations that work to provide children and youth with positive life experiences and support. As we surround ourselves with those who are working tirelessly to make each day brighter for our younger generations, we bring you some tips on how you can do small things at home to help your own students!
One in every five youth will experience some sort of diagnosable mental health condition, but too few get help soon enough. Luckily, there are ample creative ways to reduce stress for kids. Teaching your student how to manage their stress levels will help them develop healthy habits from a young age which will foster positive and healthy relationships with themselves and those around them.
Understand signs and symptoms of stress
The first step in promoting mental health is knowing when to be cautious. Some of the most common symptoms include worrying about schoolwork or grades, having negative thoughts about themselves and decreased appetite, or other changes in eating habits. Also reinforcing that it is normal to feel down in the dumps sometimes will ensure that your kids know when to be seeking help and when to just take it easy after a bad day.
Know what resources are available
There are plenty of resources available, however most people are simply unaware of them. Children’s Mental Health Ontario and SickKids Hospital have a list of great resources catered towards youth. From kids’ help phones to helpful articles, knowing that there is help available allows kids to pursue healthy options to deal with anxiety and stress.
As humans, our natural instinct tells us that when we have a lot on our plates and limited time to complete it all – we have to buckle down and get it all done as fast as possible. We often forget to let our brains take a breather! Taking short, interval breaks helps keep the brain refreshed and more productive in the long run. So if your student starts to show signs that they are getting overwhelmed, try one of these 50 ways to take a break!Read more →