World Mental Health Day: Nurturing Digital Wellness for Our Youth
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
As we observe World Mental Health Day, it's a poignant reminder of the critical role digital wellness plays in the mental and emotional health of our tweens and teens. In an era where screens are an integral part of their lives, and FOMO is taking over, it's our responsibility as parents/guardians, educators, and mentors to guide them and coach them toward a balanced relationship with technology. They are only with us for so long, and then they are off on their own. Wouldn't you like to know that you're doing what you can to provide them lifelong skills to manage screens?
The Digital Age Dilemma
The digital age has ushered in remarkable innovations, providing unprecedented access to information and connection. We can connect, communicate, create and work...all online! However, it's also exposed our youth to new challenges that can impact their mental health, something we need to take serioulsy as we coach them through the digital world. The constant allure of social media, the pressure to curate an ideal online presence (instead of curating for positivity and reality), and the addictive nature of apps (notifications, streaks and more) can lead to heightened stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
Empowering Through Digital Wellness
But we must recognize that technology isn't inherently harmful, not at all. Instead, it's our approach to its use that makes the difference. Are we using surveillance as the way to guide our tweens and teens, or allowing voice and choice through open discussions? Digital wellness is the cornerstone of a positive and healthy relationship with screens. It's about teaching our tweens and teens how to navigate the digital landscape mindfully and intentionally. They develop skills to last a lifetime, instead of rules that get abused and thrown out the window over time.
The Power of Open Communication
One of the fundamental pillars of digital wellness is open communication. Encouraging our youth to talk about their online experiences, share their concerns, and express their feelings is essential. Ask them about the apps they use and why. Join in on some of their games or activities they enjoy online. Show them what you do and what you enjoy. Discuss the triggers that get them on and keep them on. When they feel heard and understood, we create a foundation for trust and support.
Unlocking the Potential: The eBook Workbook
To empower parents and their tweens or teens on this World Mental Health Day, I'm delighted to offer an exclusive 50% discount on my eBook Workbook, "Top Digital Habits Every Tween and Teen Should Know." This comprehensive resource equips families with practical tools and exercises to cultivate a positive and balanced digital lifestyle. For today only, you can take advantage of this tool, as I truly believe it will help you and your tween and teen begin not only understanding digital wellness, but really reflecting on and taking action on device use. Just use the cold 'MENTALHEALTH' with the link below.
Here's to a world where digital wellness is a fundamental aspect of mental health, and our youth thrive both online and offline.