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10 ways parents can support their children to build positive mental health habits

Creating an environment at home where children feel safe and comfortable enough to express their thoughts and feelings can be a step towards helping them understand the importance of developing healthy habits.

Parents can use simple tactics such as helping their child to overcome their worries by effective problem solving to demonstrating positive behaviours.

In this infographic our team look at 10 ways parents can support their children to build positive mental health habits.

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  1. Encourage your child to openly talk about their feelings and thoughts.
  2. When your child is worrying help them to effectively problem solve.
  3. Support them to connect and build positive relationships with others.
  4. Encourage them to look after their physical health (sleep, food, exercise).
  5. Help them to stay focused on the present moment using mindfulness.
  6. Highlight the importance of looking after both physical and mental health.
  7. Be a mental health role model. Demonstrate positive behaviours.
  8. Praise, encourage, motivate and regularly support your child to build their self-esteem.
  9. Work together to learn some coping skills such as deep breathing.
  10. As your child grows up encourage and support autonomy.

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