Stay at home moms and work at home moms alike know all too well the emotional roller coaster that comes with doing their job. And not only are they riding that roller coaster, but they also have very impressionable passengers that can make or break the ride.
In comes emotional health. Understanding emotional health helps us maintain the overall safety and enjoyment of the ride (aka working from home/staying home with the kids).
So, what exactly is emotional health? And isn’t that basically the same thing as mental health?
We hear the phrase mental health a lot, so our first assumption might be that emotional health is essentially the same thing. The truth is emotional health is a facet or a part of mental health. Mental health includes psychological and social well-being, along with emotional well-being.
Emotional wellness encompasses the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses, to regulate emotions, and to adapt to change in a healthy manner. When it comes to stay at home moms this is at the forefront of the day!
Such a huge part of parenting is teaching our kids how to navigate difficult moments: when their sibling is bothering them, when they want attention, when they have to wait or not get an answer they wanted to get, when they’re hangry, etc. You name it. Almost all day, every day is experiencing quite a wide range of emotions and adapting to them.
Then comes the even more fun part (note sarcasm), being the bearer of all those emotions plus your own. That’s a tall order sometimes (a lot of times)!
It takes practice. And support. Lots of it.
Over the next few articles, I will be diving into the nitty-gritty of emotional health, how we can help ourselves as mothers, and how we can learn to grow with our kids along the way.
Read my next article on emotional awareness and stress reducers: Emotional Health & The Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2)
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