Studies show almost one in four young people will experience depression before they’re 19. If you suspect your child is under a lot of stress, here’s how to help...
1 Make time for them
Spend more time than usual with your children if you think they’re worried. Ask them about their day, and show an interest in things that are important to them. But try to avoid forcing them to talk about their worries — they’ll open up when they feel comfortable.
2 Encourage healthy sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep and rest can help children become more resilient to stress.
3 Feed them healthy food
Good nutrition is essential to boost your child’s coping skills. Try to make sure they’re eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
4 Make stress normal
Remind your children that some level of stress is normal in life, and that we are all affected and need to find ways to cope. Talk about times when you’ve been stressed, and explain how you tackled it.
5 Keep them active
Physical activity can help children and adults manage stress, so make sure your children are getting plenty of exercise. Or try relaxation techniques and breathing exercises.