We propel children to educate themselves in homes where the effects of positivity favor balanced and healthy growth. Assuring the emotional well-being of children is key in being able to keep up with the other habits.
People that are emotionally healthy have control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to face changes in life; and more importantly, they maintain a good perspective when battling through problems and bounce back in due time. Do you know that our emotional health is an important part of our general health? When you are stressed, anxious, or bothered, your body can seem affected.
Here at the Gasol Foundation, we work under the assumption that a “healthy life” does not lead to a balanced, varied and adequate diet, without also recognizing the importance of regular physical activity, developing routines that allow us to get quality rest and sleep, and promoting the emotional well-being of not only boys, girls and youth, but also the family as a whole. We try to do everything under the guise that healthy habits form part of the Healthy Galaxy: Within the galaxy we have 4 planets, one for every component (physical activity and sports, healthy eating, sleep, and emotional well-being) with all interacting in harmony, dependent upon the state of the other three planets.
For example, how a child feels determines if they will be able to relate to other children and participate in physical activity with others, as children build relationships during their youth through games and activities.
Ultimately, a person with a higher self-esteem is more likely to practice physical activity and sports and this leads them to afterwards feel calm, which greatly contributes to a healthy sleep cycle and normal eating habits. In turn, we cannot forget that what we eat can influence our emotions, our daily physical activity, and our quality of sleep, which form a foundation that maintains our emotional well-being. The objective of the Gasol Foundation is to reduce the rates of childhood obesity. In addition, spending time with the youngest of the house can be very fun and certainly helps their emotional development. When we spend quality time with family, we learn more about our children and how to connect with them, creating a strong unit emotionally that will base a child’s self-esteem. The youngest will base the formation of their relationship with others based on their lived experiences with their family from infantry, built upon the types of behavior, values, and attitudes that they have learned at home.
Here is some advice from the Gasol Foundation to ensure the well-being of children and their families:
Establish limits: Setting limits means containing, caring for, and protecting. The word “limit” is not a punishment, but containment. Limits help young people to live with security, to understand which is the safe space where they can be free to do whatever, to be themselves. Another essential ideal, to realize that individual space as their space, but that also they realize that their space needs to be respected equally.
Encourage social and emotional development: One unique form that reinforces emotional development of children is creating strong ties with them, sharing feelings before a given situation and teaching them how to manage their emotions, the positives as much as the negatives. To know and to understand emotions and facing them head on can positively influence their attention span and cognitive flexibility, which leads to better academic performance.
Understand and show empathy throughout the emotional rollercoaster that children experience during puberty: The transition of a girl to an adult is a stage of drastic changes. The basis of the emotions in this stage develop during early childhood. Parents should accompany their children through this stage, giving them confidence, establishing limits, and promoting an environment of mutual respect.
Utilize communicative techniques: The majority of day-to-day problems with families under one roof would be resolved with better communication between all members of the family. It is necessary to understand our children, to intuitively know what they worry about, what they want to say or what they need. Communication between adults and children of a family is vital and should be effective, empathetic, and leads to solutions.
Pau and Marc Gasol, through the Gasol Foundation, promote that boys, girls, youth, and their families internalize the importance of emotional well-being throughout the family and include it in their daily routines in order to guarantee an optimal state of health in the present and the future.