If your child is feeling despondent, melancholy, or down in the dumps, deciding how to handle it can be overwhelming, as kids can exhibit gloominess for many different reasons.
Here are some things to keep in mind for handling your child's dejection if you may not be certain of the cause:
1.) Show your child lots of positive regard. Build them up with encouragement, affirmations, love, and support that conveys that it's okay to feel sad, you are here for them no matter what, and you believe in them that they are capable of handling their situation in a healthy way.
2.) Help kids identify what makes them feel better. Let them share with you their go-to behaviors when they feel upset, such as go to their room, draw, or listen to music. This reinforces coping skills and problem-solving. Be sure to guide them away from risky habits and come up with healthier solutions together.
3.) Encourage your child to socialize, be around others, and be a part of group activities. Help them find their joy, and preferably in group settings that will enhance their well-being.
Intu It works with kids of all ages to recognize and handle uncomfortable emotions in healthy ways, and teaches parents how to communicate with their children when they feel this way. Kids learn effective coping skills and emotion regulation for a more emotionally balanced lifestyle.