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Summer Mental Health Tips for Kids

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Summer Mental Health Tips for Kids with C.R.A.S.H.

Hey parents! Summer is here, and while it's a great time for fun, sometimes the changes in routine can be tough on your kid's mental health. Don't worry, though! We've got a simple way to keep things on track. It's called C.R.A.S.H., and it's super easy to remember.

C.R.A.S.H. stands for:

- C = Connecting with family and friends.** Make sure your kids spend time with people they care about.

- R = Relaxing every day.** Everyone needs some downtime, so encourage your child to relax a bit each day.

- A = Activity.** Keep them moving! Physical activity is great for their mood and health.

- S = Sleep schedule.** Try to keep a regular sleep routine to ensure they get enough rest.

- H = Hydration and nutrition.** Healthy food and plenty of water are essential for feeling good.

Why C.R.A.S.H. is Important

During summer, routines often change, which can be hard for kids. More time outdoors and with friends can boost their mental health, but sometimes routines, sleep, and social schedules can get all mixed up. That's where C.R.A.S.H. helps!

Watch Out for Changes

Keep an eye on your child’s behavior. If they start spending too much time alone, seem sad, or are always on their phone, it might be time to step in. Too much screen time can sometimes sneak in, especially when parents are busy.

Handle Tricky Situations

Summer can have stressful events like parades or fireworks, which might be tough for kids with anxiety. If you see your child struggling, it’s important to help them feel safe and calm.

Get Help If Needed

If you notice big changes in your child, talk to their doctor. They can guide you to the right help if needed. Kids as young as five or six can start showing signs of stress, and even younger kids might need support.

Enjoy the summer and keep those smiles shining with C.R.A.S.H.!

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