February 23rd, 2021
A Conversation About Parent/Carer Mental Health
How are you 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?
Today, I wanted to talk to you about how to manage your mental health as a parent or caregiver,
So, what is mental health? Well, according to the WHO, mental health is, "... a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."
We all have a level of mental health, just as we do a level of physical health. In order to maintain good physical health, we might eat our greens, exercise and drink lots of water… And looking after your mental health is very similar. You simply need to feed your mind more of what it needs to stay healthy… Like sleep, connection, self-belief, joy and purpose. Does that make sense?
Since we've now defined what mental health is, I thought we might explore some of the common reasons why parents or carers may be struggling at the moment. Can you identify with any of these?
Do any of those feel true to you? Perhaps more than one of them?
The truth is, there are hundreds of reasons why you might be struggling at the moment, and this is going to feel different for everyone.
To help you combat some of the challenges you may be facing at the moment, here are some of my top tips for trying to improve, and to maintain, a good level of mental health:
Please remember you aren't alone. You are welcome to contact me and the HappiMe team, or check out some of the amazing organisations that are also there to help you. They can be found here.
If you’d like some useful tips for building confidence, self-esteem and self-worth in your children, please feel free to contact me here.
I hope this blog helped you in some way.
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Abby and the HappiMe Team x
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Each week, HappiMe's Lead Children's Coach, Abby, shares her advice on a new topic.