Wellbeing for Teens
What Is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing means that children are feeling well both physically and mentally. It ranges from eating well to feeling well and helps grow happy and healthy kids.
Some areas of wellbeing that might not always be on our minds are:
Sleep Habits - this is an important aspect of feeling well. Not getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep can make children feel sluggish and unmotivated. Getting the recommended hours of sleep for their age group helps to set them up for a good day.
Cyber Safety - With more resources and technology online, it is good to understand how to be safe online as well as knowing the impacts of social media, online news and access to the internet.
Vaping & E-Cigarettes- Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, also known as vapes, are devices that produce vapourised liquids into the lungs. A common belief shared within the teenage society is that vapes are harmless compared to cigarettes. The reality is that vapes are not safe.
Peer Pressure – Spending more time with friends and online can increase your child’s exposure and experience of peer pressure. This can be either positive or negative activities. Helping teens to prepare and manage peer influence can be tough but will help them set their own boundaries.
Balancing Demands & Stress – With growing independence comes more responsibilities and demands. Teens will have to manage their performance at school, home responsibilities, social demands and sometimes part-time work. Helping teens learn to cope and balance their new responsibilities will help set them up for adulthood.
Sun Safety - Australia is known for its sunny weather so, making sure you and your family are sun safe is important!
Mental Wellbeing & Support - Different experiences and exposures impact a child's mental health. Mental health is a continuum meaning it may change day to day so it is always good to look out for signs and see how you can support your child or services that are available for help.
Creative Kids – The NSW government has provided up to $100 per calendar year for children between the ages of 4.5-18 years to participate and express their creative side.