Just a thought! Why Your Mental Health Matters
When we talk about our mental health, we are including our tendencies, habits, likes, dislikes, outlook, perspectives, and emotional responses. For us, we can call this our ego, our psychological well-being, our mental balance, or whatever else makes sense to us.
In other words, in this zone of our life, as parents, we are thinking a lot about the future, where we are now, where we have come from and where we are heading towards with the new responsibilities.
People say, “the past is the past” which is true. However, your past, regardless of where it is, has informed your current and will continue to impact your future. Your history offers you essential lessons and helps you develop the perspective that informs your current and future choices and habits.
What about your perspective as a parent? It can be confusing. Honestly, many of us promise not to bring up our children like our parents but sometimes catch ourselves using the same phrases or mannerisms exactly like you know who. What hope is there? Some may wonder.
Does your mental well-being dictates everything else in your life including parenting, You’re mental health matters because it is the foundation of all your thoughts, conscious and subconscious, which drives how we see the world and ourselves? The stresses and the joys that comes with parenting can drain even the most healthy of emotional health hence, it can impact other aspects of your well-being including parenting decisions.
Best tip: Stay Calm- (yea right I hear you say but just step outside a little and take a deep breath, come back in and start again! )If you want to enjoy your new life as a parent, stop worrying about everyone else, what they think, whether you are a good parent or not and instead focus on what you can do to improve your psychological well-being to help your child grow in a loving nurturing environment.
Those with emotional wellness can cope with life’s challenges, keep problems in perspective, and bounce back from setbacks. As new parents- it subtly robs on the child. Your healthy emotional health will help you feel good about yourself and to have strong relationships with others especially your family.