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Pointing Out the Positives: A Tip for Coping with Stress

In keeping with the theme of monitoring mental health, let’s discuss handling stress, as well as ways to relieve it. Stress is an inevitable part of life. If you’re alive, you’re going to experience stress at some point or another. Whether it comes from concern for a loved one or conflict with a friend, stress is bound to show up in some way, shape, or form. So it’s best to know what to do in any situation that can bring stress your way.

Monitoring Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and mental health is important to sitters, parents, and children. Mental health is all about taking care of yourself mentally and psychologically. Being aware of your mental health status can range from something as simple as monitoring mood swings to something as chronic as dealing with the daily pressures of bipolar disorder. Mental health challenges can come in many different forms. The key is learning to detect such a challenge and how to alleviate it.

What Certifications Should Sitters Have?

Whether or not you choose to take certification courses, every sitter should know what to do in an emergency. Not all certifications need to be expensive. In fact, many certification opportunities are available for free or a low cost! Check sites like Groupon to find discounts in your area.

First Aid & CPR

Let's Talk about Kids' Mental Health

Did you know that over 20% of children experience mental health disorders1? Talking about mental health can be tough, but it's important! Both parents and caregivers should focus on promoting emotional wellbeing for all children through love, guidance, and support2. You can take a Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to recognize symptoms, talk to kids about mental health, and seek help3.

Five Fun & Free Places Every Richmond Sitter Should Know!

Taking children on outings while you babysit can be a great experience. It exposes them to new activities and keeps babysitting fun. Make sure you ask permission from the family first!

  1. The Arc Park

3600 Saunders Ave., Richmond, VA 23227

This unique park is fun and inclusive to kids of all abilities. Most of the playground equipment is accessible to people with disabilities, including a treehouse with a wheelchair ramp.

 

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