Nowadays, we need more than ever to be preoccupied with our children’s mental health. With all the environmental issues it starts showing in many areas in our daily life.

Lifestyle, activities, foods, mental consequences, and more…
What can we do to increase our child’s mental health?

Here are a few tips:

1. Switch to whole foods
When I was around 10 years old in the 60s I remember that they started to transform the food that we were eating so that it became easier and faster to have those foods that we were buying from the food stores instead of having the vegetables and fruits from our grand-parents gardens without pesticides added. They were natural foods.

2. Reduce/eliminate artificial foods, sweeteners, additives
Now, they add so many sweeteners and other additives to give more flavours to the foods, however, people had developed allergies and intolerance to those. It is important to reduce those sweeteners as much as we can.

3. Pack lunch, not school lunch
Make your own lunch and snacks so that you know what you are eating for yourself and children.

4. Water instead of juice boxes
In our society, we can’t find any juices without adding from natural sugar or any other additives. Because people love sweet, for instance, you buy a cranberry juice, guess what people think that cranberry is naturally sweet but it is bitter. Companies and people have to add sweetness otherwise people won’t drink it. It is good to try to reduce slowly the intake of sugar.

5. Healthy snacks
Try to have natural snacks with fruits and vegetables or whatever you think is good for your children.

6. A clean, non-toxic environment
We need to create a non-toxic environment with natural products as much as you can and avoid all those chemicals surrounding us by reading carefully the labels before buying our cleaning products.

7. Get the kids outside and encourage sports
Play, play, play, and have fun. Encourage them to choose a sport or activity that they like.

8. Reduce media
Reduce computer activity and encourage social activities outside with friends. And show them the responsibility regarding social media and by respecting your friends and peers.

9. Increase family and social connections
The best way to improve your child’s mental health is helping them to socialize instead of being in front of the TV or the computer.

Please, leave a message or ask a question if I can help!

Have an amazing week,
GaƩtane

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