Wellbeing is described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “the state in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” WHO stresses that health is not merely the absence of illness, but a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.
It can sometimes feel difficult to think of positive things about ourselves and to know what it is exactly that makes us who we are. We know that this is something children can often struggle with too.
Understanding that we are all unique, with our own strengths, qualities and interests is very important for our well-being. Through having a positive view of ourselves, we can feel better equipped to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.
Here are some ways you can easily encourage your children to develop a better sense of positivity about themselves.
- Point out your children’s positive qualities determination, courage, kindness – help them to notice what makes them unique.
- Have a chat about the strengths, qualities and interests within your family over dinner, in the car or when you are playing together.
- Celebrate your efforts with your children whether you go for a run, get promoted at work or cook a great meal, sharing your achievements, no matter how big or small, will help your children to recognise their own.
- Model trying to complete tricky tasks showing that even though it is difficult there are still achievements and problems can be worked through together to get there in the end when the reward is even greater!
Find out more about each of the ‘Ways to Wellbeing’ below.