Mental Health & Wellbeing- Ten Tips for Parents

Mental Health & Wellbeing- Ten Tips for Parents

As we rocket through Autumn and the end of 2021, many of us will start looking back on events of the last 18 months or so… and wonder what on earth happened?! Times have been challenging for so many to say the least; living through the uncertainties of a global pandemic is bound to have had an effect on the mental health and wellbeing of so many. And when you’re a busy parent, it’s sometimes even harder to find the time to process your emotions, let alone set aside time to just breath for a moment.

We just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know we get it. We’re busy parents too, trying to juggle it all (thank goodness the home school days are over!) and we know how hard it can be. But you’re doing an amazing job!

With all of this being said, looking after your own mental health and emotional wellbeing is so important, especially when you have small people depending on you to take care of them too. The old saying “you cannot pour from an empty cup” is so true. So this week on the blog we’re focusing on mental health and wellbeing, and we’re sharing ten tips for parents. Let us know in the comments if there are any more you’d add to the list.

 1. Get plenty of sleep.

Not always the easiest of tasks when you have children, but sleep deprivation is known to seriously affect mood and emotional wellbeing. Make sure you put as much importance on your own sleep routine as you do your little one’s. If it means a few earlier nights, or mid-day naps then do it.

2. Know that you really are ‘enough’.

So many of us carry around a huge amount of guilt when it comes to our kids. Are they happy enough, do I spend enough time with them, should I be taking them here, there, or somewhere else? The fact is that yes, you are enough. And remember that sometimes your ‘best’ might be different to someone else’s, leading to our next tip…

3. Don’t compare yourself to other parents.

We all handle situations differently as parents, and comparing yourself to others really doesn’t help. Your journey is unique to you, so have compassion for yourself.

4. Take some time out.

When you’re feeling stressed and things are becoming a little too much to handle, one of the best things you can do is to take some time out for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about spending time away from the kids- they need to see that it’s ok for you to take care of yourself too. Plus, sometimes we all just need a break!

5. Talk.

It can be tempting to just hide away from the world, but talking can make a huge difference to how you’re feeling about stuff. That said, if you don’t feel ready to talk, then maybe tip number 6 might work instead…

6. Write it down.

Journaling is a fantastic way to get your feelings out and can be really affective for maintaining your emotional wellbeing. Sometimes seeing it written down can help you to work out a problem or your feelings about something, or at the very least it gets it off your chest!

7. Practice self-care.

It’s ok to care about yourself too, even when you’re a parent. So yes, you do deserve that massage or that facial. And if self-care to you means simply making the time to read a few pages of a good book, then that’s fine too!

8. Eat well and exercise.

A great piece of advice given to most parents is to get out of the house every single day. The fresh air, coupled with the boost in endorphins we get when we move our bodies is known to improve emotional wellbeing. And make sure you’re eating regular, healthy meals too.

9. Maintain a good routine.

When you have kids, you quickly notice how much easier life is when you have a good routine going. But the same goes for you! So going to bed at the same time each day, or completing chores at a specific time each day can actually help to encourage a feeling of security and calm for you too. Ok, sometimes your routine might need to be tweaked, but overall having a regular structure to your day can be really helpful.

10. Acknowledge and accept.

It’s easy to live in denial, but if you’re struggling with your mental health and that in turn makes you feel guilt, shame or anxiety then this tip is for you. Know that it’s ok not to be ok. It can actually be helpful to acknowledge when you’re feeling down, or overwhelmed. Acknowledge it, accept it- and when you’re ready, work on finding a solution.

At Nimble, we're here for all parents. If you ever wonder how to use our products, and just fancy a chat, know that you can just pop in a message at hello@nimblebabies.com and we'll come back to you in no time. 

You got this! 

Team Nimble x

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