A Conversation About Parent/Carer Mental Health
How are you feeling this week?
What have been your biggest wins?
What hasn't gone so well? What lessons have you taken away from these experiences? Are you ready to let them go now?
If you can, spend some time journalling your answers to the questions above.
Let's have a chat about parent/carer mental health...
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
When speaking with a parent recently, they shared their love of this quote. In exploring how they were feeling, it became clear why this message was so important to them.
The truth is, as parents, it can often feel like you are always getting it wrong. Life is hard, but throw children, school, work, finances and everything else into the mix, and it can feel like a daily hike up a snowy mountain – with constant avalanches and 100mph winds.
Would you like to know my message to all parents/carers out there?
REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ONLY DO YOUR BEST.
You will get it wrong, you will make mistakes and things will be tough… But you are human. No one can get it right all of the time.
I thought it might also be helpful to share some of my top tips for managing our mental health better as a parent or carer too:
Here are some other useful resources worth looking at:
I just wanted to reiterate that if you are struggling, you really aren’t alone. Parent/carer burnout and overwhelm are very real experiences. If you’d like a supportive ear, some advice and a chance to talk to someone who understands, feel free to get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat today.
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Abby and the HappiMe Team x