Being physically healthy is an important aspect of managing mental health. This is true for everyone, but is especially so for young people.
Being physically healthier can improve a young person’s mental health in a number of ways, including:
Little and often is the best way to incorporate healthier foods, activities and behaviours into life.
The younger your son/daughter is, the easier it can be to encourage them to develop good habits. But, even if they’re a teenager or young adult, your influence as a parent is likely to be stronger than you imagine.
Often, the best way to encourage your son/daughter to improve their overall health is lead by example. Naturally, the place most young people learn behaviours, attitudes and habits is at home.
It can also be more manageable to incorporate change into the household than trying to alter one person’s habit.
Leading a healthier life doesn’t have to just be about lettuce leaves and sweat. Though a bit of each won’t hurt!
All it really takes to make changes is a little imagination. It could be worth trying new foods or activities or maybe working changes into your routine.
Rest, along with work and play is a crucial aspect to staying healthy. Balance is the key here, trying not to let your son/daughter get over-worked, over-stimulated or lazy.