Stress and tension among young children and adults are common concerns in the valley. It is stress that leads to extreme stages like suicides by many. While this is a common concern, no effective action is being taken to stop the rising percentile of this fatal trend. A sharp increase has been observed in the number of heart attacks in young people. However, the number does not include rural cases where adolescents also suddenly die on the spot. Such cases are not recorded anywhere by anyone.
Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability in adolescents, and suicide is another leading cause of death for 15-19 year olds. Mental health problems account for more than 15 percent of the total burden of disease and injury among adolescents aged 10 to 19. Half of all adult mental health problems start when they are over 12 years old, but most cases go undetected and untreated.
Now the question arises as to how can we approach this problem and deal with stress so that our younger generation stays safe and sound.
There are many ways to combat this vital threat such as guidance and advice, motivation and explanation, sightseeing and trekking, love and affection. But the most effective and efficient way is to promote different types of games and athletics at district, tehsil, block and village level. In villages, there are fewer playgrounds and places of recreation compared to towns and villages, so that young boys and girls find no way to channel their energy.
Extracurricular sports encourage the growth of various areas of the mind and individuality such as intellectual growth, sentimental development, social development, ethical development, and aesthetic development. Creativity, enthusiasm, and energetic, positive thinking are some of the facets of personality development and program activity results.
So the first thing to do is to create playgrounds in every village and town, which is still a dream in many villages.
After building fields and playing fields, it is necessary to introduce different formats of various games and organize various tournaments to attract young people. This systematic and well-organized fervor of games would keep these young people busy and busy.
Physical activity offers fundamental health benefits for adolescents, including improved cardiorespiratory and muscle fitness, bone health, maintenance of a healthy body weight, and psychosocial benefits.
To increase activity levels, administration, society and the community must create safe and supportive environments and physical activity opportunities for all adolescents.
Cricket is the one game that people in every nook and cranny of J&K know and play. So it is inevitable to promote other games like football, kabaddi, hockey, tennis, table tennis, wrestling, basketball, etc. The physical education department should take its responsibilities seriously and make sincere efforts to involve more and more boys and girls in various games so that their energy is channeled positively. Games are happy and healthy activities. They are effective therapies that reduce tension and apprehension. In Kashmir, sport can work wonders and reassure not only young boys and girls, but also parents who fear their children’s bad behavior.
Games strongly tame thoughts and stabilize emotions and imbue a sense of cooperation in adolescents, hence games constantly impose discipline. Parents need to empower and motivate them to play games. They should encourage and appreciate their participation in the games so that they do not engage in any type of crime and addiction. Drug abuse is one of the growing crimes that consumes and destroys the happy lives of teens and their parents. Strict and harsh driving is also harmful and harmful. Parents should refrain from this practice. School and sport must go hand in hand. Focusing on academics at the expense of extracurricular activities is never a healthy practice. Parents should allow, rather advise their children to play games and sports routinely so that their motor and mental development take place simultaneously. Someone correctly quoted that healthy minds live in healthy bodies. The World Health Organization suggests that adolescents accumulate at least an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, which can include games, sports, as well as transport activity such as cycling, shopping and walking.
Globally, it is estimated that only 1 in 5 adolescents meet these guidelines. The prevalence of inactivity is high in all regions and higher among adolescent girls than among adolescents. Separate land for girls should be built in each village. Parents should take note of the harmful effects of inactivity on girls. It is because of this inactivity that their energy is not channeled properly as a result of many unethical influences taking root.
Parents and teachers should encourage extracurricular activities like sports, debate, art, drama and discussion, declamation competition, history writing competition, essay writing competition, art and crafts, recitation competition, wall magazine decoration, articles for school magazine, folk songs, folk dancing, flower show, school decoration, sculpture making, competition disguises, preparation of paintings and models, album making, photography, clay modeling and many similar activities.
To a large extent, academic competence is consolidated when an applicable extracurricular activity is organized in relation to the topic taught in the classroom. The intellectual facets of the personality are reached in the classroom, while aesthetic development, character building, spiritual growth, physical growth, moral values, creativity, etc. are supported by extracurricular activities. Language and personality are supported by these activities. It supports the improvement of coordination, fit, fluency of speech, improvised expressions, etc. among students both at the school and college level.