Emotional health, often at the forefront of our parenting journey, can be a lot to wrap our minds around. It’s helpful to have a few extra resources to support you along the way.
Here are a few I recommend to get you started…
Emotional Health Resources
When it comes to understanding and maintaining our health of any sort, education goes a long way. Emotional health is no exception. Read up on what you can from sources you trust and ask others in your life what they recommend as well.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers an Emotional Wellness Toolkit with education and resources.
Family Doctor.Org explains emotional health doesn’t mean one is happy all the time, but that they can manage the array of emotions that come with life, along with tips for maintaining wellness.
Verywellmind digs more into overall emotional intelligence in their article, and they do a great job at breaking all the parts down.
Inspiration & Encouragement.
Most of us spend some of our free time on social media or any number of various media outlets. It’s a huge part of our time or “day and age” (not that everyone is on it every day but many are).
Filtering what comes through those feeds can impact us in a lot of ways. Find accounts to follow that will encourage your path to emotional wellness and consider weeding out some of the more unnecessary accounts.
Niro Feliciano is a cognitive psychotherapist, mother, and wife who offers a valuable perspective on life and parenting.
Kara S. Anderson is a fellow homeschooling mom who touches a lot on anxiety and doubt and encouragement.
Kristina Kuzmic is another mom who has been through the trenches and is here to let you know you are not alone. Along with inspiration she also sheds a comedic light on life that is sure to lighten you up when you need it most.
Plugging yourself into your local community, finding like-minded/like interests people in online communities, and even local support groups for more targeted aspects of life can all encourage emotional wellness.
NIH has a social wellness toolkit with tips and ideas to develop a healthy social life.
Mental Health America has a resourceful list of various types of support groups. From anxiety, to recovery groups, to family members of those in recovery, to parenting support groups, and Alzheimer’s and caregivers groups. It’s a pretty expansive list.
And for local community opportunities, ask around your area churches and schools where they might need some helping hands. Most will be sure to have something to plug you into, and helping to make a positive impact on your community is a great way to form meaningful connections.
Take your time in learning to better understand emotional health. Know that it doesn’t all have to be figured out right now, but that you do have the tools to find your way to wellness.
More reading I think you’ll like:
How to Work from Home, Homeschool and NOT Go Crazy by Karrie Marie
How to Improve Your Emotional Health by Bliss Health Coaching
Why Being an Introverted Parent Turned me into an Early Bird by Samantha Emert