Let’s put our heads together and tackle mental health
Are you ready to look inside a teenager’s mind, if even just for a few minutes?
“Alarm clock goes off, I am lying in bed, my head feels fuzzy and my body is heavy. All I can think about is ‘how will I manage to pull the covers back’ and actually get out of bed to face yet another day filled with worries, sadness and what feels like utter despair. I am dreading getting out of bed, I know the day will be spent on trying to avoid people and the demands they put on me. Let alone trying to avoid the ever returning question from every one ‘how are you today?’ when it is so clear that no one could cope with an honest answer. I have come to realise a very simple fact, no one wants to know the truth, people just expect the standard reply of ‘I’m fine, how are you?’ I wonder how they would react if I told them that I am not coping!
Your child seems overly worried but is it time to take action? This is a great question so let’s look at how stress impacts on your child’s overall health. First, it is important to remember that being affected by stress is not necessarily a bad thing, the right level of stress can help your child perform better, keep them focussed and maintain their motivation. However, too much stress or pressure over a long period is counter-productive because it will make your child ill, both mentally and physically. In some ways, you might say that the signs of stress are pre-cursors for anxiety i.e. headaches, poor sleeping, being irritable, sore muscles, unable to relax, worries, and heart pumping faster than usual which means they are warning signs that should not be ignored in a young person.
Bullying has always been around but in recent years the term ‘bullying’ has gained considerable attention particularly with increased focus in the media. As a parent, you may feel unsure whether your child is actually being bullied as it may not be clear when every-day interactions between children have crossed that line into bullying.
Do you fear your child will be gobbled up?
Over millions of years, living beings have evolved and part of this evolution included our instinct to survive. Back in the mists of time, when there were lots of dangers waiting to claim those who were unprepared, survival instincts were likely needed on a regular basis. The concept of experiencing real fear is a prime example of what was needed to kick our mind and bodies into gear to keep us safe. But things have changed, and for most of us this heightened level of fear is no longer necessary to survive.
It often seems that confidence is something that some lucky people are born with but, in fact, being confident is something that requires effort. Everyone, even those who seem to exude confidence, have moments when they feel less assured and it is worth remembering that not everyone is actually as confident as they look!
Is anxiety medication for children the only route parents can take to support their child? New evidence suggests that other techniques can be equally effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and that these techniques can have an actual effect on how the brain works.
Support 4 Kids is actively involved in campaigns to Stop Bullying, and we hope this will provide encouragement to anyone, young or old, who has been exposed to bullying. So I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a worry I have been battling with for some time….a worry of parents bullying their own children.
When I was approached by Support 4 Kids to write a guest blog, I decided to share my story of how daunting it can be to help your teenager with special needs choose the best path concerning their further education. For this article, I have elected to speak about a particular event that was supposed to support parents and young people in making an informed decision about their future choices for an appropriate education.
Feeling exhausted after a long day at work, and then having to deal with your family’s demands can certainly add to your increased level of stress. When we look at how stress is prevalent in so many people today, it is clear that a lot of this stress arises from workplace challenges. It is definitely an important point to address if you are not coping with the demands of both work and family life.
Let's look at the benefits of using NLP and hypnosis in relation to a kid’s sports performance. Over the years, sports hypnosis and NLP techniques have been used by many high profile athletes to improve their game. Did you know that Andre Agassi has applied it to refine his tennis skills, and that Tiger Woods has used NLP techniques since he was a teenager?