Raising a family isn’t always an easy task. There’s a lot of things to do in little time and too many things to consider for the well-being of your whole family. Due to the pandemic, mental health for our kids, on top of physical health, has been brought to the forefront of our attention.
As adults, we have a better grasp of our emotions and what we’re going through. But for our children, they might have a harder time wrapping their heads around the sudden change in their lives. During these challenging times, their routines have changed from a lot of aspects—how they learn, how they socialize, how they spend their time, and more.
In the midst of all this, raising stronger and healthier kids requires additional effort and care. It is important to help your children address their challenges early on. By having a better understanding about what they’re going through, parents will be able to set them on a healthier path. Here are some tips to help your children be happy and healthy.
- Effective and open communication: The parent-child communication is crucial to the development of a healthy and stable mind in children. An open communication can create a comfortable environment for your children to share what they’re going through and their feelings. Speak with your children regularly and build trust with them. Listen to your children closely, give praise where praise is due, and spend quality time one-on-one.
- Emotion regulation skills: This is a good opportunity to teach your children how to deal with uncomfortable emotions on their own. When they’re angry or upset, don’t rush to calm them down or cheer them up every time. Teach them to notice what they’re feeling, accepting that emotions are how we respond to situations, and how they can cope with these intense emotions.
- Getting enough sleep: As most of us continue to stay at home, it’s easy to lose track of a routine. For young children, they need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can affect their mood, focus, and immune system.
- Addressing stress: Children have stress too. Changes to their routine could create stress without them realizing it. The goal is not to solve their problems and make their life perfect, but to look for triggers and signs of stress and help guide them through it.
- Being thankful: Teaching children gratitude can help them see all the good around them, even when they’re not feeling great. These moments of knowing that there is still good out there will help boost your child’s mood and build positive thinking skills.
- Healthy eating habits: Other than a balanced diet, parents can help children eat better by letting their children participate in meal planning and preparation. This can help build a positive relationship with food. Taking time to eat and chew slowly, drinking plenty of water, and eating a variety of foods are some healthy eating habits that parents can start introducing.
- Being more active: Outdoor activities might be challenging during the pandemic. However, there are some daily activities that you can include your children at home. Cleaning the house, doing laundry, and putting away toys are easy ways to get moving. If you’re comfortable with outdoor activities, taking a walk with your children before or after meals is a good way to spend time together and be active.
Your children’s mental and physical health will greatly impact their immune system. And building a healthy immune system is important to raising stronger, healthier children. Getting sick during the pandemic adds another layer of stress and anxiety for parents. Since Covid vaccinations are still being studied for younger children in Malaysia, parents might want to be vigilant in making sure their children’s immune systems are not compromised.
Inflammation and oxidative stress can compromise the immune system and can lead to other issues like skin allergy (eczema and psoriasis). We’re exposed to them frequently in our daily lives—from the food that we eat to environmental pollution. One way of tackling these conditions and taking care of our mental and physical health is drinking hydrogen water. Hydrogen water is a type of water with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Hydrogen water can help:
- Reduce inflammation
- Get rid of free radicals
- Improve immune system and skin allergy problems
- Relieve eyestrain and dry eyes from staring too long at a computer (due to long hours of online learning and working)
- Improve mental clarity and focus in the long run
- Prevent major health issues