Published time : 02/10/2022 23:13
In today’s busy world, we’re pulled in many directions at once. We have responsibilities at home and at work. Sometimes it all just becomes too much. Our bodies start to let us know that we’re feeling the stress of our daily lives. Stress can cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it isn’t managed properly leading to serious health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
Youngsters as they become more independent, want to try out new things, but often recognise that they have little experience to fall back on when things get difficult. Teenagers and their parents complain about each other's behaviour. Parents feel they have lost any sort of control or influence over their child. During these difficult times children are at risk of increased levels of anxiety that can affect their behaviour and overall sense of well-being. Parents may sometimes feel that they have failed and at times a lot may be said in the heat of the moment.
Children and young people have limited life experience and language skills, and they need our guidance. Just as we teach children academic concepts, such as pre-reading, math, and science, we also need to guide children’s social and emotional development through mentoring, examples and direct teaching.
Guidance provides children with appropriate and positive models of behaviour and helps them to develop respect, self-regulation, self-confidence and sensitivity as they learn and grow. Guidance is needed while appropriate behaviour is happening, as well as before, during, and after inappropriate behaviour is displayed .This enables them to self regulate their emotions, an important skill contributing to their emotional intelligence. Children who learn to cope with setbacks and frustration in life are going to become more content as adults. For parents playing a crucial part in their children's lives and helping them grow through adolescence can be profoundly satisfying.
The teenage years are especially hard and stressful. While peers may help buffer stress they can also be a source of it. Many things can affect your teen's mood and behaviour. Moments of anger in children are normal. But as parents, it’s important to teach your child how to deal with anger. They may need guidance on how to express and manage his or her feelings.
And as a parent, you at the same time need tips on how to support them. And it is said parents need to raise themselves before they raise their children. Parents can be over anxious, overprotective, always trying to guard, protecting from wrong influences. Most parents look for opportunities to talk to their children about many things like right values and behaviour or how to target goals for success etc. However youth doesn’t like to be talked and preached about every now and then. They may also perceive this behaviour as haggling and nagging. Remember force always creates resistance. In a gentle yet subtle way communicate your views and thoughts to your child.
Steps to Social and Emotional Wellbeing
1. Connect with other people, good relationships are important for mental well-being.
2. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness).
3. Be aware of self and the possibilities that exist within.
4. It is important to talk with someone about your emotional concerns and sharing your feelings with them.
5. Learn techniques to release stress and tension and unburdening.
6. Make efforts to create harmony and warmth at home and amongst family members.
A Harvard Grant Study says that ‘Happiness in life comes from love, not love of work; Love of humans, family, friends, spouse.” It is important in childhood to learn how to love.It is important that through autonomy youngsters develop habits, mindset, skill sets and wellness to be successful in whatever they do. ILLUMINATE- Lighten and Brighten your Life is our heartfelt endeavour in this direction. Nithya Shanti, a world renowned spiritual coach and mentor, has put together his life’s learnings and wisdom in this program which is sure to benefit all without fail.