Recently a parent asked me how she can help her children build resilience. Her children are 10, 15, and 20 yrs old. One of them also struggles with mild depression.
Nowadays everyone is feeling more stressed due to social isolation necessary for pandemic control. But our youth and young adults are especially affected because friends are so important at this age. It can lead to depression and anxiety for many.
She asked; How can parents help their children, especially if they are teenagers or college students, build resilience to changes and challenges in life. If you are a caring parent who would like to help her or his children cope better with stress, improve mild depression, and be their best despite all the challenges, then you are in the right place. In this episode of Happy and Healthy Mind with Dr. Rozina, I discussed how parents can help their children prevent or deal with stress by cultivating resilience.
Check out this video to discover some practical tools and techniques that you can do to help your children become more resilient and help them deal properly with the negative effects of stress.
In this video, you will learn:
0:00 min: Introduction
2:33 min: Why is it important to build resilience and learn how to manage stress?
3:36 min: What are the different levels of stress?
5:16 min: Why does mild depression get missed in youth?
6:17 min: How does mild depression differ from stress?
8:46 min: What is the role of parents in stress management for the youth?
9:24 min Tip #1: Learn and Be Aware
9:36 min Tip #2: Listen Non-Judgmentally
10:18 min Tip #3: Be a Role Model
11:00 min: Can people use depression as an excuse for bad behavior?
Tips for parents
Help your children understand that having depression is not under their control but what they do about it is.
Understand what your child is going through, listen to them, assess their behavior, and provide help and support
Validate your child’s feelings
12:52 min: Tools for parents to help manage their kids’ stress reactivity and mild depression
13:04 min: Stress to Joy Formula (CPR)
Step 1: Calm – What can a person do to calm the mind?
Step 2: Process
16:56 min: What can a person do for thought training or mindset training?
17:13 min: Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence explained – How to map out the things you cannot control (Circle of Concern) vs. things you can control (Circle of Influence) and how to make your Circle of Influence bigger
22:37 min: What can a person do to change his/her behavior?
27:00 min: What if symptoms continue? What is the next level of care?
27:45 min: What can happen if parents don’t help their children build resilience?
30:50 min: Special of the day – Increasing Resilience by increasing Balance in Your Emotional Coping Account Also, in this video, I shared the following resources which could be helpful in the assessment, prevention, and intervention for stress and depression: The “Depressed or Just Sad Quiz” can help determine the category of the stress that one is feeling. You may check it out here: https://youtu.be/WpS5HTDUUV0
Taking the “Mental Health First Aid Course” can help parents prevent their children from falling into the pit of depression. It teaches them how to identify the emotional issues of children and proper interventions to help them overcome stress. Watch this video to know more about Mental Health First Aid: https://youtu.be/iUWP55wpELc 5 Wellness Practices for people with Depression and Anxiety link: https://youtu.be/m3gYraxx1wM