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Healthy habits for good mental development in children

Healthy habits for good mental development in children


Healthy habits for good mental development in children. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 1 in 5 children in the U.S. experience a mental, behavioural or developmental health disorder. 

  • Sleep: Children need a minimum of 10-12 hours of sleep a night, and teenagers nine. Sleep is one of the building blocks for stability, mental health and wellbeing.
  • Talk: Encourage your children to talk about their problems and feelings and know there is an open-door policy between kids and parents.
  • Physical health: An hour a day of exercise is the minimum requirement for children and there is a reason. It stimulates chemicals that improve mood and release stress. Ensuring your child has a well-balanced diet is just as important as they need nutrients to function properly.
  • Help others: Show them from early on the benefits of sharing, volunteering and the good feelings that come from helping others. It reinforces a sense of community and connectivity as well as provides opportunities for positive reinforcement.
  • Relaxation: Make sure your child gets some chill-out time. This could be a hobby they love to do, vegging out with the family or something that relaxes them and allows them to live in the moment and switch-off.
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