Today I’m introducing you to a semi-regular series called “Mental Health Quick Tips.” I’ve discovered over the years that a person really needs to have a few important tools they can carry around with them at all times. And I’m not talking about a hammer or pliers.
Coping With Everyday Mental Health Issues
Everyone gets nervous, sad, sleepless and angry sometimes. Some people even get depressed or very anxious. New moms, married people, parents with older children, retired people with extended family. Whether you are experiencing this for a few hours or a few months, all you want to do is feel better. And most importantly, your family is affected by the way you take care of your mental wellness.
I think it’s empowering to have a few tools that become tried-and-true for you and your life. What works for one person may not work for another, so there’s no perfect mix or right answer. And I’m certainly not claiming to have any cures here, just solutions to make people feel a little better.
Help You And Help Your Family
You need to know how to help your kids calm down when they are angry or anxious about something. You need to know how to get a decent night of sleep when something’s worrying you so you can be a good spouse and parent the next day.
Remember what they say in airplanes about the oxygen masks? Put your mask on first, and then help anyone near you that needs assistance with their mask. Take care of yourself so you can be better help to others. You aren’t any good to yourself or anyone else if you’re sitting there gasping for air.
Healthy Family Living
Everything I present to you will be within the context of family living. You need practical ideas that will fit in with a busy family lifestyle. I’m married, have three young girls, a freelance career, a part time job and more. If I can’t see myself trying to make one of these ideas work, I probably won’t bring it to you.
As always, the invitation stands for you to make your own suggestions. I’ll write a post about any type of healthy coping skill that really keeps you on track. I may interchange this with the Around The Web series from time to time as well. Hopefully, you will find some user-friendly helpful ideas in these series.
Tune in soon for my first Family Mental Health Quick Tip post!
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