Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

How Do I Help My Child Learn How to Manage Stress Naturally?

Diane Overgard
Professional Coach & Certified Family Life Educator
45 Degrees Coaching
1717 North Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60563

It’s true that many kids are so stressed these days – too scheduled , too busy, too worried, and too anxious. Actually many adults are pretty stressed too. How can we all learn to de-stress NATURALLY?

First, accept that stress is a normal part of life. Accepting that reality can help us see that we are not unusual and take the pressure off.

Secondly, add natural STOP moments into your life with quiet and stillness. When does your teenager leave her brain alone to rest, be quiet, and decompress? Rarely, right? You can teach him/her! This is one of those times when the most effective teaching comes from modeling the behavior we want to see in our kids.

We all do that differently, but the most important thing is to do it regularly so it becomes a healthy habit. Allow your children to see you taking a break. Perhaps you like to sit by a fireplace and just relax. Do you enjoy a brisk run or a walk in the fresh air to re-group? Let your family see you making these choices as a valuable part of your life and they will learn to copy you.

For Life Coaching to understand and make a plan to deal naturally with stress – both your child’s and your own – and coaching for other challenging episodes of life, please contact me.