Mental health one of those things that people most of the time, do not want to talk about. Instead they bottle all those feelings up inside and they eat away at them. What some do not understand is that mental health is more than feelings and triggers, there are many moving parts that add to the stress and anxiety of many. For the month of July, we will be focusing on mental health, a challenge was created to help cope with mental health. This challenge will be shared with you all and I encourage you to try it out and see how some of these activities may work for you.
Stress can be triggered by many factors but what some don’t understand is that it can lead to bigger issues and trigger anxiety or depression. Now as parents we are always go, go, go. However, what happens when you simply get into a funk and cant seem to get out of it. What helps you to break through that spot that has you stuck and thinking how did it get to this point? For me, I tend to get inside my head a lot, thinking oh no I didn’t do that right or that could have been accomplished so much faster. I don’t give myself enough credit and at times am my own worst critic. What I need to start doing is lifting myself up and that will help when I get into a slump.
Instead of saying to yourself do better, work faster, or you know better. Tell yourself you got this, that was great you accomplished your to do list while taking care of the kids and still meeting their needs. There may be times when you can only get to one goal or so many items on your to do list, that is totally ok! You accomplished that one task or goal while still taking care of the daily chaos. We don’t give ourselves enough credit sometimes and I am notorious for that as well. Slow down take those extra minutes to soak in the sun or hang back. Learn to schedule things around you, don’t overpack yourself with things to do on the weekends. Set short term goals that help you accomplish the immediate tasks at hand.
I encourage you all to take that day for yourself, set the phone down for the day and got outside. Try that healthy recipe if only to say you did it! Try out some new exercises and create a space for you, a place you can go to when you feel yourself slipping out of control. TALK about your feelings it is ok to simply not be ok. But holding it in will only make things worse. Lean on your tribe in times of need. You are never alone, WE are here for you!
Lead Early Preschool Teacher