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It’s never too early to learn self-care techniques! And if you have teens, teaching them to prioritize their well-being will give them the tools they need to cope with stress and anxiety. So here are five ideas from Education by Shala Books to help your kids become more self-reliant and confident:
Take Up a Physical Activity
Exercising regularly is important for grown-ups and teens. And there is no better way to encourage and role-model that self-care routine than by doing it as a family. So, if you’re looking for a sports activity that you and your kids can enjoy and reap great mental and physical benefits from, consider going to your local pool and taking a water aerobics class, signing up for the swim team, or just doing laps for fun.
You can also schedule nature walks or bicycle rides for the whole family. Use a Walk Score Map to plan out the best walking routes nearby. By sticking with an exercise routine, you’ll stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
Emphasize the Importance of Sleep
Sleep has a restorative effect on adults and children alike. Most kids don’t like to be told when to go to bed, but the Sleep Foundation notes that following a consistent sleep schedule is key to keeping their minds sharp and their bodies healthy. So end bedtime battles by establishing a soothing routine that your children will actually look forward to each night. For example, have them prepare their backpacks for the next day, tidy up their rooms, take a relaxing bath and brush their teeth before going to bed.
Setting up a relaxing and stress-free environment begins in a home that’s clean, organized and decluttered. Therefore it’s important to address any issues now in order to create a more positive, healing and healthy atmosphere at home. First identify signs of negativity and roadblocks to relaxation, which include excessive complaining and family members playing the blame game. Then prioritize cleaning and tidying up the living areas. Enlist your kids’ help with cleaning and getting organized by using storage bins and color-coded organization. It’s a great way to teach valuable habits and finish faster.
Plan Special Events With Loved Ones
No matter your age, forming and nurturing strong relationships is vital for your happiness and well-being. So encourage your kids to invite the special people in their lives for a fun get-together. Whether they’re planning a game night or a movie-themed party, being involved in the organizational stage of the event will make your little ones feel valued, and their self-confidence will soar.
Visit Your Local Library
Literate for Life suggests turning off your screens and going to visit your local library together. Most libraries offer a section dedicated to kids with age-appropriate books and activities that are meant to educate as well as entertain. Some places even have planned events you can sign up for, such as arts and crafts classes. Let your children explore the library and its resources. Allow them to borrow books to take home and learn more about a subject they’re passionate about or discover a new favorite author of fiction. You can never go wrong when you nurture a love of reading in your teens.
Focus on the Present
Dwelling on past mistakes or being fearful of the future leads to stress and anxiety. So the American Institute of Stress advises teaching your children to live in the moment with mindfulness exercises like coloring, journaling, guided meditation and yoga. Being able to reset on their own is a skill that will serve them well as they get older. When you feel like your kids have a hard time balancing school work, friendships, after-school activities and house chores, encourage them to take a break and practice mindfulness. They’ll be refreshed and ready to face the day ahead.
The best way to teach your teens self-care is to role model it yourself. Even during busy seasons, spend time with your kids and encourage them to nurture positive habits that will keep them physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. You’ll be raising well-adjusted humans who enjoy life to the fullest!
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