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Kids and Mental Health: Surprising Tips That Work

By Genevieve Cunningham

Mental health was once designated as an adult problem. It was really rare to see a kid with mental health issues, if you ever saw it at all. But in today's world, more and more kids are suffering from poor mental health. Blame it on technology or our lifestyles or whatever you want, but the fact remains the same: Kids need help with mental health. To help guide your children toward better mental health now and in their future, take a look at these tips to try in their lives starting today.

Get a Pet

Pets are great for mental health. They offer love and companionship. They offer a sense of belonging. Pets make us feel less lonely. If you're up for the challenge, allow your kids to get a  furry friend. Though it will be hard work, the potential benefits to your child's mental well-being and the family as a whole will be more than worth it.

Allow More Free Play Time

Kids' time shouldn't be structured all the time. They need time to play and explore. They need free time. This leads to less stress, more imagination, and a natural growing process. It takes away some of the push toward growing up. It lessens the pressure. Make time for your kids to simply play -- whether that's in their room or outside or elsewhere. The more (safe) freedom they have, the healthier they're going to be and feel in the long run.

Teach Coping Techniques

Stress is going to happen. You can't protect your kids from stress or pain. They have to learn to deal with the ups and downs of life. But what you can do is teach them how to cope. Coping techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, counting methods, and more teach our kids how to calm down and eliminate personal pressure. Give your kids the skills they need to deal with life, and their mental health is far more likely to stay in a good place.

Kids are more pressured than ever before. They have stress from a million different angles, and their long-term mental health is at stake. Use these tips to help your kids stay mentally well, and they'll be able to thrive for a lifetime of happiness. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Gate, Calif.

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