The Importance of Mental Health in Your Family
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Over the past year, many children and families have found themselves struggling to make sense of the world around them. With the COVID-19 pandemic, E-learning stress, canceled activities, and a constant state of worry, parents have found it hard to help their children cope with so many changes and unknowns in life. Many parents who have reached out to Crosswinds Counseling report changes in behavior, such as quick tempers, feelings of fatigue, quick to frustration, and isolation for themselves as well as their children.
If you’re feeling this way, you are not alone. Here are five strategies to help your children cope with the stress they might be feeling, and get back on track to feel a sense of control, even in uncertain times.
When to Seek Counseling for Parents and Children
When things feel off with your family, you want to fix it, but for many people it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is wrong. While dealing with stress and anxiety looks different for everyone, there are a few signs that it might be time to get extra support.
Unexplainable physical symptoms:
If you, or your child, are having physical pains, headaches, stomach aches, etc., with no reasonable explanation, or are unreasonably apathetic or fatigued, there may be something else happening. Always consult a medical professional first when physical symptoms arise; a counselor may be able to help.
There’s a lot of anxiety and depression around adjustments—especially with COVID. Switching to summer mode, in-person classes, and wearing masks less is a lot of change to take in at once. If things look different than your child is expecting, they may act out. If you notice an unhealthy change in behavior, like frequent tantrums or conflicts, counseling may help.
You’re in a parenting slump:
It’s easy to feel at your wit’s end as a parent. You feel like you’ve tried everything and your child is still acting out. Sometimes there is more happening behind the scenes than we as parents can easily see. The important thing is to let your child know you are willing to change and grow with them. Crosswinds counselors have helped thousands of parents and children feel like themselves again. We can help you, too. Visit crosswindscounseling.org or call 877-594-9204 to get matched with a therapist today. We can get you and your family back on the path to a healthy life!
Crosswinds, located in Fort Wayne, IN and Indianapolis, IN is a faith-based organization, rooted in strong Christian values, that was created to bring hope to individuals, families, couples, and struggling teens. Our goal is to help you find the solutions needed to reclaim, restore and rebuild.