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How Reading and Writing Impacts the Mental Health of Kids

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Mental health has become a matter of concern not only for adults but for kids as well. Every other person is a victim of anxiety and depression but this dark gloomy world is taking over innocent minds. It's now reported that kids are also being diagnosed with mental Illness at a rate of 10%. It indicates that in every classroom at least three young minds are depressed or need mental support.


As per the studies, the main reason behind this is the pressure of homework from school, personal life, or social life. In such cases, parents should offer a helping hand and indulge them in reading and writing.


Reading and writing have proven positive results when it comes to mental well being. The studies show that the kids who are more engaged with literacy and have a habit of reading books even after school are less likely to fall into the trap of mental Illness.

Why Reading and Writing is Good for Kids Mental Health

Escapism

We all know how important it is to forget the worries for a while and get lost into some other world. What else is better than to escape in reading a book? Reading provides immense pleasure and gives a chance to forget about everything else. So, let your kid choose the book of his or her own choice. It will reduce the pressure and the little freedom would bring joy.

Break from Gadgets

There is a whole new world hidden inside a mobile phone. And it wouldn't be wrong to say that these cell phones have the kids affected negatively. It does not only kill their time but also make them vulnerable to mental illness. However, the best way to give your mind a break from this cobweb is by picking an interesting book for the kid and schedule a time to read.

Emotional Literacy

The more they read, the more they become emotionally literate. As a matter of fact, kids who develop the habit of reading at a younger age can recognize their emotions easily. They are able to control them in provoking circumstances like sudden wrath or irritability. It is very true to say that kids who have emotional literacy skills learn to take charge of the situations easily.

Widens the Vocabulary

Our emotions are as deep as an ocean and a handful of words cannot express them. However, reading different storybooks and poems adds new words to a child's personal dictionary and with the help of these words, it becomes easier for them to express what they do or do not feel.

Moreover, the studies say that kids with high verbal ability are mentally stronger than those with low verbal ability.