How Hypnotherapy Can Help Improve Children’s Mental Health
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week this week, and this year the theme is being healthy inside and out. Living a healthy life is not just about eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep, it’s about having a healthy mind too.
In this week’s blog, I’m looking at how hypnotherapy can help improve children’s mental health, and what parents and carers can do to promote healthy young minds.
Young people’s mental health
Children and teenagers have a lot to deal with, from bullying, to body image, relationships, and exam stress. Many young people also have a diagnosable mental health condition. Young people often deal with their feelings by acting out, being moody, getting in trouble, or becoming withdrawn.
Improving young people’s mental health
If you’re a parent, you’re perfectly placed to help your child take care of their mental health;
Talk openly about mental health
Talk to your child about why good mental health is important, and encourage them to talk to you about things that are bothering them. If they feel uncomfortable sitting down to talk, why not talk to them while you’re doing something together, like walking the dog? They might feel less ‘put on the spot’ this way.
This is important. If your child does talk to you about how they’re feeling, it can be tempting to tell them what to do or to try and ‘fix’ the problem. Instead, just listen and try to understand where they’re coming from. They’ll feel more supported this way.
Set a good example
Children often learn by watching what others do, so take care of your own mental health, and share what you do with your child. Maybe you take regular exercise, see your friends often, or limit the amount of time you spend on social media. They might just copy your good habits.
Limit the time they spend on social media
At a time in their life when their bodies are changing, children and young people may become more self-conscious and compare themselves unfavourably with others, especially on social media. Have a discussion around social media and point out that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ body because everyone is different and that’s a good thing.
Watch out for any changes in your child’s behaviour which might indicate that they’re struggling. For example, if they’re usually bright and bubbly, then they start to become angry or withdrawn, this might be a sign that all is not well with them.
What to do if you’re worried
Talk to your child and tell them that you’ve noticed that they’ve not been themselves. Let them know that if they’re struggling, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, and that talking about how they feel is not a sign of weakness. If things continue to deteriorate, talk to your GP.
How hypnotherapy can help children and young people
During hypnotherapy sessions, I use simple techniques like visualisation and relaxation to help children and young people overcome the issues they’re facing, whether it’s exam stress, anxiety, depression, grief, or any other troubling situation.
Hypnotherapy can help children and young people to manage their emotions, overcome anxiety, increase their confidence, and become more resilient in the face of stress.
Are you worried about your child’s mental health?
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, hypnotherapy can help. If they are already receiving treatment from their GP, hypnotherapy can be a very useful addition, and even if they’re not, it can teach them some invaluable coping strategies to deal with the issues they’re facing.
Contact me for a FREE no obligation consultation to find out how hypnotherapy can be a great tool for healthy young minds.