PRACTICAL STEPS TO IMPROVE THE WELLBEING OF YOUR TEENAGER

Selfcare and wellbeing are very important to us all.  Even more for a teenager as they start to develop a strong sense of self.  To help your teenager with their wellbeing there are some things you can encourage them to do.  These should play an important part of your teenager being healthy, happy and enjoying life.

 

Remember the teenage years can be challenging in terms of developmental issues so it’s important that you all work together as a family unit to ensure a sense of wellbeing and protect against illness including mental illness.

 

Below are some ways you can help your teenager maintain a good sense of wellbeing:

 

 

Connect with your teenager

Positive relationships are extremely important in the teenage years.  They also promote a sense of wellbeing – both physical and mental.  Encourage your teenager to stay connected to family and friends.  Help them make new connections and encourage them to take part in sports.  I am thankful that my two teenagers have taken up sport and engage in it on a regular basis.

with friends, family and peers are essential for promoting mental wellbeing. Encourage your child to make new friendships and maintain an active connection with their friends. Help them foster meaningful connections with others by being an active member of the school community, sports team, volunteering and making time for family.

Stay Active

I have talked above about encouraging your teenager to take up a sport.  Exercise has been proven to lower rates of depression, so it’s important for your teenager to get regular exercise.  Why not go for a walk together?  It’s also a great opportunity for a chat too!

 

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Being Mindful

A lot has been written about mindfulness practice.  This is about being aware of what is taking place around you but also to your body.  To take notice of the little things and be aware of thoughts and feelings.  Encourage your teenager to practice mindfulness.  This can be just for a few minutes at the end of the day to take some time thinking about what went on and how they felt.  Mindfulness has been proven to enhance a positive mental wellbeing.

 

 

 

Give your time

It is so important to take time to listen and be with your teenager.  So put aside some time each day to ask them how their day has been or to chat about what plans they have for the week ahead.  It gives them a sense that you care about them and what they are doing.

 

These are just some of the ways to encourage improved wellbeing in your teenager.  There are others such as encouraging them to eat a healthy and balanced diet, setting goals, meditating or listening to music.  What other ways could you encourage your teenager to improve their wellbeing?

 

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Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’.  Here are some apps that may help.

The news this morning that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, is heartbreaking but also a fact of this mad, mad world unfortunately.

 

The study which involved over 10,000 young people looked at how many of them experienced signs of depression with those from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background having an increased risk of signs of depression.

 

 

The study also involved parents.  It showed that some were not attuned to the true pressures of their children and that parents often underestimated the stress an concerns of their teenagers.

 

It’s not really surprising as parents have so much going on in their lives.  So I wanted to share with you some apps which you can recommend to your teenager should you be worried about their mental health.  We use apps for many things and teenagers have grown up using them.  So making use of these seems like a great idea.

 

Of course, these apps are not and should not be viewed as a replacement for seeking professional help if you are concerned with your teenagers’ mental health.  However, they can help if your teenager is feeling stressed coming up to exams or there are other changes happening in their life.

 

Elefriends

Elefriends is a supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind. They try and provide a place to listen, a place to share what you are feeling.  It’s also a great place to read how other people are coping with particular issues.  The app is free to use but is restricted to over 17’s)

 

Silvercloud

Silvercloud is another free to use app which provides a wide range of interactive programmes, tools, and tactics for mental and behavioural health issues. Some of the topics covered include addressing wellbeing, life balance, time management, communication skills and relationship issues as well as stress management.

 

RCPsych Mental Health App

A free to use app which I think is more suited for parents as it provides general information about mental health disorders together with links to helpful videos.  A good place to find out further information on mental health.

 

Catch it

Another free to use app which was developed by Liverpool and Manchester Universities.  The app allows you to record your moods and is designed to help you work through them using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.

 

I hope you have found some of these apps useful.  Do you know of any others?

 

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WAYS YOU CAN PRACTICE BEING THANKFUL EVERY SINGLE DAY

There are times when I feel down, working full time, blogging and trying to figure out what life is all about has me feeling down at times!

It’s so easy to dwell on the negatives of life, the rainy British summers, housework getting on top of us. However, there are ways you can practice being thankful for everything that you do have.  By turning our focus to the positive and fabulous things we have around us can really change our outlook.

 

THINK OF 3 THINGS THAT BRING YOU HAPPINESS AS SOON AS YOU WAKEN

It is tough if, like me, your alarm goes off on a Monday morning at 5.45am and what you really want to do is turn over an go back to sleep!  Instead, try thinking of three things to be thankful for.  For example, your family, your husband/wife, your children, your parents, your friends, your health etc.

 

PRACTICE MEDITATION

You can practice mediation on a daily basis.  A guided mediation is a great way to get the most of it.  You can download free guided meditations from YouTube or app for your phone.

 

SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU

Believe it or not, it has scientifically been proven that smiling can increase your levels of happiness and relaxation!  Smile as often as you can, smiling as soon as you get up out of bed will lead to a great day!

 

GIVE BACK

You can get so much joy from helping others.  If you have some free time why not help others.  You don’t even have to go out the door.  If you register with www.helpfromhome.org you can help change the world with micro-volunteering.

 

 

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Why Photography is Good for your Mental Health

I believe photography can be good for your mental health.  My journey to using it was last year, after buying a camera, my hubby and I decided to embark on an experiment – it was to take 1,000 photos over a one month period to see what we would take and what caught our eye.  It was an exciting and eye-opening task and one which I am going to repeat once I get my new camera!

 

What lessons did I learn?

Well, the first lesson was that it improved my emotional well-being.  Taking these amount of photos encouraged me to go outside, it encouraged me to engage with people, it also allowed me to look in-depth for any meaning behind why I took a particular image and talk to my hubby about what I took and what it meant to me.

 

Allowed me to gain insight

Through my photography I was able to promote self-expression and to become self aware.  It is often said that every photo we take is a type of self-portrait.  This is so true and doing this kind of task you can see for yourself and explore the images you take.

 

Positive Lasting Change

Another consequence of the 1000 photographs task was that it produced a positive change in my family – we involved the kids in the task too and had them taking photos and talking about them. It also meant we were sharing our love and interest in photography and they were learning new skills.

 

It’s for everyone

You don’t have to own an expensive camera – in fact you don’t need a camera at all as we all have smart phones these days.  It’s a fantastic way to engage with your children and a great way of getting out and about exploring.

 

I would love to know if you take photos and whether you have looked in more detail at what you take?

 

Below are some of my photos!

 

 

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