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 ‘A’, for activity and the importance of exercise in the lives of all children and young adults.
H – E – A – L – T – H – Y
A – Activity
Children should view exercise as fun, shifting attitudes about wanting to do exercise, rather than a chore, or on list of must-dos. It’s important for the parent to encourage this mindset in children from the get-go. The benefits of a child being active cannot be understated.
Being active causes an increase in endorphin levels – the ‘feel good’ hormone. It also:
* Reduces depression
* Reduces feelings of anxiety
* Improves concentration
* Provides a better nights’ sleep
* Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem
* Facilitates a positive outlook
If you are a parent and have concerns about your child, please contact us:
020 3542 9935