Divorce is tough on everyone especially the children involved, who often experience depression and anxiety. It is important to stay engaged with your children and talk openly and honestly about their feelings. Depression can lead to other behavioral problems and even suicide if left untreated.
I found a great article on WebMD that talks about depression and how research has shown that exercise helps children and adults cope: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression . The article goes on to describe how exercise can improve self-esteem by releasing chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive and energizing feeling in the body and it reflects in their outlook on life.
When I was a kid I had so many fun memories of playing outside with my sisters and friends. We would ride bikes, play kickball or tag and run along the river bank tossing stones for hours. My mom could hardly get us to come home and eat dinner because we never wanted the fun to end. Life was easy. At the end of the day we were tired and always slept good. We didn’t have time to feel down.
I know that times have changed since I was a child. Many children are being raised in single parent homes. Families that have two parents in the home have parents that are working full-time jobs (sometimes more than one each) just to make ends meet. Bullying and peer pressure is more common than ever. Many extended families are separated by long distances. Kids have a lot of pressure on them and are often faced with adult problems. Between the pressure, televisions with thousands of stations, video games, mobile phones, etc…it is no wonder that kids prefer to stay inside to play games rather than going outside to play.
How do we get our kids to be more active? Let’s get back to nature. Better yet, let’s get our kids outside for some rough-and-tumble playing and fun. Let’s get the laughter going and see if your kids don’t have a happier outlook on their lives. I also recommend some play time for you too! How about a game of tag, kickball, soccer, catch or just some good old-fashioned hide and seek? What were your favorite games as a child? Teach your child to enjoy it too!
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