Stress is not an uncommon issue in today’s world. Indeed, between a global pandemic and uncertain political and social environments, many people are finding themselves struggling with their nerves far more than they have previously. Here at Optimal Edu Options, we emphasize that it is important to remember children are not exempt from environmental stressors. They need as much support and self-care as their parents or caregivers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some tips to keep your children healthy and happy even in these trying times.

Talk Regularly

Sometimes the simplest options are the most effective. Speaking with your children regularly and taking the time to really listen to what is on their minds can be incredibly effective at relieving stress and anxiety. Set aside enough time to devote your attention to your child fully and address their concerns even if you don’t have a “good” solution – the emotional support can go a long way toward mitigating the harmful effects of 2020’s uncertainty.

Don’t Forget About Diet and Exercise

It can be incredibly easy to abandon eating well and maintaining our physical health right now. When the world is changing rapidly and we find ourselves in uncharted territory, the urge to resort to comfort food can be strong. It’s important to limit or avoid these desires as much as possible. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help keep spirits raised and give your child the fuel they need to thrive. A recent study we shared on our social media points directly to the connection between exercise and improved mental health for children.

Encourage Healthy Hobbies

Having a routine activity or interest can help many people, including children, calm their nerves. With that in mind, keep an eye on your child’s interests and encourage healthy hobbies as they arise. You can also try introducing some fun activities like painting, drawing, or even mini “book clubs” for older children. Anything that keeps their attention gives them something stable to look forward to is helpful.Warning signs your child needs additional help include dropping grades, poor decision-making, not following rules, truancy, substance abuse, defiance, and withdrawing from friends and family. If your child is struggling and you aren’t sure what to do, don’t worry – we offer services at Optimal Edu that can assist your family in finding the best solution for your child.

Optimal Edu Options is an Arizona-based education consulting agency whose experienced team has the expertise necessary to effectively support your family and child in finding the best educational and therapeutic options to meet your family’s needs. Reach out to us today for more information about our services and how they can help. We offer a free 30-minute consultation. Email or call us at (602) 904-1282.