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Feelings and Behaviour

Why making changes can be difficult

Many things get in the way of making positive changes to our lifestyle – even when we think, or know it would be good for us. 

Big steps might seem too hard and so we put them off. By making smaller changes, one by one, it can seem more possible.

How we feel will affect how we behave. This can be especially true when we are trying to make healthy choices. It can get in the way of us reaching our goals.

Children and young people often find it hard to find the words to tell us how they are feeling. They may well show us how they feel by how they behave. When your child is acting in a way that worries, or even annoys you – take some time to think what their behaviour is telling you. It might be that;

  • Your child might seem difficult to ‘fill up’ and keep asking for snacks. They really be saying they feel bored and would like some time with you?
  • Your child is ‘climbing the walls’ or picking fights with their siblings. They might be telling you they need more active play - you could try getting them to do about 5 minutes of star jumps, some dancing, or a race around the garden.

Who Can Help?

Sometimes the way your child is behaving may tell you that they are really struggling with their feelings. It may be that you are finding things hard too.  If this is the case or you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support, then you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

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