5 Best Ways to Help Your Child Beat Winters Blues (Mental Health Tool Kit)
Parents are a comforting cushion for kids. Your child always needs you every step of the way. But they might need your support a little more during the blue season or what we call winter season. Generally, we are talking about Winter Blues, its impact on mental health, and ways to control it for grown-ups only.
Often missing on the fact that winters can be tough for all, including kids! But not anymore! We are sharing with you a therapy-based guide that will help you support your child beat winter blues.
Mental Health Tool Kit: Supporting Your Child During Winter
How does winter affect your child’s mental health?
The connection between winters and mental health is not a positive one! When winter approaches the major source of happiness (dopamine hormone) vitamin D reduces along with darkness swiping in. That’s why an individual experience winter blues and
How do you keep kids healthy in the winter?
There are different winter activities that you can try with your child that will help them fight off winter blues as a team. You can either try all of them or check which one works best for you and your child and make it a part of your winter plans.
1. Take A Walk In Nature (Soak Yourself In the Sun)
We all know the fact that days are shorter in winters. This means that dark starts to swipe in, which is certainly not appealing (especially for kids). To ensure that your child doesn’t feel trapped or hibernating indoors (which can have a negative impact on their mental health) it is advised that you go out with your child for a stroll. Walking out in nature, this simple activity can offer a lot of benefits to you and your child.
- Being in the green will make them feel merrier.
- It will improve your bond with your child.
- You and your child will get the much-needed sunlight (natural vitamin D) that you both need to ward off winter blues!
- Walking around will ensure that you both are having a physical activity on your list.
- And not to forget walking that too in nature is nothing less than a therapy!
Note: You don’t have to go out for like hours even 10-15 minutes of walk is a mood booster in itself.
2. Go Creative And Crafty (Plan Your Diy Days)
A kid’s brain is having more ideas popping in their head as compared to us (the adults). Their creativity is the most powerful way for them to express their feelings, ideas, and thoughts. Plus, through these creative ideas, they may explore their new hidden talent, which they otherwise might not be aware of. To top it all, creative activities will end up reducing their screen time (which for sure is good news).
Here you can support them by encouraging them to try new activities and to add a cherry to the cake, join them! From a therapy point of view having an art-based activity in a week, can nurture their mental health effectively. You can also experiment with them and help them create their Mental Health DIY kit, which will keep winter blues at bay for your child.
Note: Don’t stop them from pursuing what they are enjoying during this winter’s time. If they want to bake, let them bake; if they want to practice poetry or drama, let them do it. As long as they are enjoying it, the purpose is being fulfilled.
3. Help Them Journal (They Might Express And Accept New Things)
Penning down is a powerful and great tool to identify, express, and accept one’s emotions, thoughts, and feelings, more healthily. Often it is recommended for adults to practice, but it works well for children as well. In fact, as a parent, your emotional vocabulary is likely to be way better than your child.
So while you might find it easy to express your feelings about a particular thing, your child may struggle with the same. Just give them a diary, sit with them, encourage them to write or draw anything that comes to their mind, and share their wants and feelings with you. To make the writing process easy for them you can also give them prompts to begin with like:
- Three things that upset me today.
- Three things I wish I can undo from my day.
- Three things that made me laugh today.
- Three moments that made me feel overwhelmed today.
Note: Value the privacy of your child and don’t take a sneak peek in their diary of thoughts. If you wish to go through it to ensure that everything is fine with the child, do ask them prior.
4. Work on the Passing Year (Reflect on the journey)
Again a therapeutic intervention to support your children’s mental health this winter. You can work with it as a family activity. Grab a pen and paper, sit down as a family, now write a paragraph or few lines to reflect on the year that is gone.
You can write the lessons you have learned, the ups and downs, and everything that sums up the gone year for you. To end it all on a positive and hopeful note, mention a few lines on what you are expecting from the year ahead. It will surely leave you feeling light, comfortable, and happy.
The reason why it works to keep your child’s winter blues at bay is that it helps you understand their wants from the time ahead.
Note: Be a partner of your child in this activity. It will improve your bond with them.
5. Keep a Healthy Lifestyle (Food, Sleep, and More)
Your mind, body, and soul needs a new lifestyle for the new weather. We are sharing with you a perfect NO WINTER BLUES lifestyle guide, that will not only promote your child’s mental wellness but yours too!!!
Have A Healthy Sleeping Schedule: Sleep recharges and rejuvenates us for the next day. Make sure that your child follows a proper sleep schedule with a minimum 8 hours of sleep.
Eat Healthy, Warm, And Fresh: Make sure that your food is loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin D). Along with it, during winters having fresh and warm food adds the element of warmth, which is indeed required!
Add Affirmation Ritual: Add a ritual to go to bed with positive affirmation. Chant it with your child and see the positive changes flowing in both of your lives.
Take Time For Socializing: It is important that you and your child socialize with family and friends. It will give you a sense of belonging and make you feel connected. You can even make new friends (that will be a great mental health activity for your child).
Apart from these five therapy based, and best ways to support your child’s mental health during winter, there is one important factor that you should not miss on as a parent or guardian! That is:
Take care of your overall well-being (You are their source of energy after all)!!!
If you need any other assistance in helping your child beat off the winter blues, please feel free to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org Our team is always there for you!
Disclaimer: If the winter blues start hovering around your child’s daily functioning seeking help from a mental health professional is advised.
More power to you!!!