Mental Health Awareness Week: How daily stresses affect your children .

The daily stresses of everyday life not only affect busy working adults but children too.
Constantly on their screens, playing computer games or watching YouTube, children are spending more time indoors than outside in the fresh air.that is why this Mental Health Awareness Week, May 13-19, outdoor educational expert Kingswood is encouraging kids to boost their mood, de-stress and unwind by getting outdoors. Studies have shown simply going for a walk outdoors or enjoying a camping trip can help lower levels of cortisol - the stress hormone - in the body. That is why Kingswood Camps are a great way to enable children to experience all that nature has to offer. And with a wide range of activities, including zip wiring, kayaking and abseiling, they will also grow in confidence through tackling fears while having fun too. Steve Anderson, Head of Activities, said: "It is a well-known fact that embracing the outdoors and having adventures reduces stress."Breathing in the fresh air can do wonders for the mind and through all of our activities, not only are we encouraging children to become more active - helping to release those feel-good endorphins - we are also teaching essential skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving."Our on-site activities, such as bodyboarding and archery, help build resilience, equipping young people for setbacks in their studies, work and all aspects of life by enabling them to learn from failures and view them as positive opportunities."We believe that those students who have a higher level of resilience are able to enter new situations more confidently."What’s more, residential experience is invaluable in building self-confidence and self-belief."Within the new environment of our residential centres, learners can find strengths they didn’t know they had and identify opportunities for reflection, boosting their confidence and engagement in their home and school life."Getting children off screens and realising their true potential through outdoor adventure and activity can also help with confidence and self-esteem. Kingswood Psychologist, Dr Alice Jones Bartoli, said: "Children should be encouraged to take part in activities that they enjoy and do well in - not all of these will be traditionally academic. Not only can this give a huge boost to children's confidence but it can also make them feel they have a real purpose."Getting outdoors and taking part in physical activities will also release those feel-good hormones known as endorphins, which make children feel happier.