It’s Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out. The aim is to encourage children and young people to look after their bodies and minds, as the two are inextricably linked. Over the course of the week we will be exploring this in more detail by attributing each letter in the word “healthy” to a vital component necessary for living a healthy and happy life.
Today’s focus is on the letter ‘E’, which we have dedicated to the complexities of the emotions experienced by children and young adults:
H – E – A – L – T – H – Y
E – Emotions
It is quite common for children to feel overwhelmed by feelings particularly emotions that makes both children and adults feel out of control. Rage, aggression, anger, jealousy, hate, loneliness, sadness, grief and loss etc. Sometimes it’s hard for parents to believe children can feel such depths of emotions and, as a consequence, their children might be left to manage these experiences on their own.
Helping your child to learn how to regulate or manage difficult emotions is parental task. Enabling your child to recognise these emotions is really important as well helping to initially soothe and then when they are calmer to understand their experiences, which might also include manageable strategies to help them cope.
If you are a parent and have concerns about your child, please contact us:
020 3542 9935