Manage Student Mental Health This School Year

Mental health can play a significant role in students’ learning. School can be a major source of student stress, and the pandemic added to this stress and caused a spike in student mental health struggles. Although It’s not just COVID, there has been an increase in anxiety and mental health issues isn’t a result of the pandemic. The number of students struggling with mental health has been rising yearly. 

Students’ mental health can affect their ability to be present and retain information. For parents concerned about how their students are handling the new school year, here are five suggestions on how you can monitor your child’s mental health:

Practice Self-Care

Taking care of mental health is as important as taking care of physical health.

Practicing self-care daily can help students become aware of their mental health and help them verbalize if they need support. Help your children understand that practicing self-care and taking the time they need for themselves is good for them. Self-care is mental heat care. Learn how to practice self-care here.

Asking questions is the best way to understand how they’re doing. For instance, ask them about the good, the bad, and the ugly will help you to understand how they are feeling and if there are things that you can help to change or fix. 

Ask Questions

Not every child speaks openly about their day. However, having an open dialogue with one another ensures your child feels supported.

Start with these after-school questions.

Watch for Behavior Changes

Look for changing behavior in your child. Keeping an eye out for changing behaviors or habits can often help you notice changes before they escalate. 

Changes in sleep patterns, increased irritability, weight gain, or hunger changes are a few examples of traits that may indicate an underlying problem. A further red flag of student mental health struggles is being irritated in class or with teachers.

Get Enough Sleep 

Sleep hours per night are tied to not only feeling mentally well but also to academic success! 

Getting enough sleep with specific bedtimes and morning routines can help students feel alert and more productive when learning. Sleep is critical to not only our physical health but also our mental health. Although both sleep and mental health are complicated issues influenced by a wide range of factors, there is compelling evidence that getting better sleep may positively affect mental health.

How much sleep should your child be getting? 

  • 3–5 years – 10–13 hours
  • 6–12 years – 9–12 hours 
  • 13–18 years – 8–10 hours 
  • 18–60 years – 7 plus hours

Reduce Stress

Everybody encounters stress, including yourself. However, it’s how frequent and severe stress can wear on your body or your child’s body which makes it difficult for them to perform academically.

Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure from an increased workload at school, an argument with a family member, or a teacher. Knowing how to manage stress efficiently will help students to manage their mental health and keep a healthy balance between school and play. 

Stress levels can affect student wellness. Here are three ways to help alleviate stress. 

  1. Exercise: When students exercise their bodies, they exercise their minds.
  2. Nutrition: Nutrition plays a significant role in how students learn and how they feel.
  3. Routines: simple routines can help students reduce stress and maintain good mental health.

GradePower Learning Can Help to Reduce Stress

Learn how to effectively manage stress while balancing school workload with GradePower Learning. Find a location near you. 

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