Why healthy Mental wellbeing Matters
When we talk about our mental health, it may include trends, habits, likes, dislikes, outlook, perspectives, and emotional responses. It could also be our ego, our psychological well-being, our mental balance, or whatever else makes sense to us.
As new parents, we think ahead, 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, more so now as a new parent.
Your outlook as a parent can be confusing. Indeed, many of us promise not to bring up our children like our parents but sometimes catch ourselves using the same phrases or peculiarities exactly like you know who. What hope is there? Some may wonder.
Does your mental well-being dictate everything else in your life including parenting? I think the answer is Yes. It matters because it is the foundation of all thoughts, conscious and subconscious, which drives how we see the world and ourselves?
The stresses and the joys that come with parenting can drain even the most healthy of emotional health hence, it can impact other aspects of your well-being including parenting decisions.
Stay Calm? (yea right, I hear you say ) but you just have to persevere. With time, your self-doubting feelings passed and replaced with confidence and passion. Reality is, as a new parent, not everything in life will fit effortlessly onto your worksheets of expectations. Just be realistic… Enjoy the ride, dare to believe, parenting itself can be resourceful, productive but humbling.
If you want to enjoy your new role, you have to stop worrying about what everyone else thinking about your parenting style- whether you are a good parent or not, rather, focus on what you can do to improve your psychological well-being to help your child grow in a loving nurturing environment.
With the right emotional wellness, you can cope with new challenges, keep problems in perspective, and bounce back from setbacks if any. Your healthy emotional health will also subtly rob on your child.
You feel good about yourself and have strong relationships with others especially your very settled and content baby.