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Mental Health Tips for Kids Out of School

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's the middle of the year and the holidays are upon us. This definitely means that some fun is in our future. It also means some time off for both adults and kids. While most kids definitely look forward to this, it can be damaging to mental health if you're not careful. In order to protect your child’s mental health through their time off this winter, use these tips on a regular basis.

Stay on Schedule (Mostly)

When a kid's schedule gets thrown way off, it can be damaging to their mental health as well as their physical well-being. It might be a better idea to keep them on schedule. Of course since it's the holidays, there's going to be a little bit of sleeping in and staying up late. This is perfectly OK. But when you can, keep their schedules mostly the same and their mental health is more likely to stay intact

Stay Busy

The last thing that you want is for your children to be sitting in front of the TV for two weeks straight. This is not good for their physical or their mental health. If you would like to protect both, get up and get busy. This might include working around the house, exercising, or getting out and about on the town. The busier that you can keep your children and family, the healthier they are likely to be when their holiday break is over.

Make Challenges

Kids really don't like to be bored. If you would like to protect their mental health and also keep them ready for school, why not challenge them over the break? Get them some books, some brain games, or some kind of hobby that they have been interested in. Engaging their brain will help them stay motivated and healthy through the break and beyond.

The holiday break is a ton of fun. It's great to be off of school and to stay home with your family. It's great to shop in the middle of the day and to go on random adventures in the middle of the week. But if you're not careful, too much time off can be damaging to mental health. Protect your kids with these tips and they'll be going back to school with their mental and physical health intact.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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