Mental health is a pressing concern for parents, and its significance cannot be overstated. To be effective parents, it’s crucial that we prioritize our own mental well-being. Parenting is a demanding journey, filled with sleepless nights, tantrums, and constant fatigue. At times, it feels like we’re expected to be perfect parents, always striving to do more. However, the truth is that perfection doesn’t exist in parenting.
In this blog post, we have a special guest, Dr. Julie Arellano-Khullar, a psychiatrist with an impressive background spanning cultures and borders. She works with parents on mental health issues and is also a mom, artist, author, and lifelong learner. Dr. Julie shares her journey into psychiatry and offers valuable insights into the challenges parents face with their mental health.
Parenting as a Skill
Parenting is a skill that needs to be learned, just like any other job. Many parents mistakenly believe that parenting should come naturally, leading to self-doubt when they struggle. However, recognizing that parenting is a learned skill can alleviate the pressure and help parents seek support and knowledge.
Modern Challenges in Parenting
Modern parenting comes with its own set of challenges, including information overload from the internet and social media. Parents are bombarded with conflicting advice and may feel lost in the sea of information. Dr. Julie highlights the importance of discernment and trusting one’s own intuition in making parenting decisions.
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The Focused Approach to Parenting
Here are 6 keys to better mental health practices for parents:
Nourish yourself just as you nourish your child. Eating well is essential for mental health.
Acknowledge and validate your own emotions. Recognize when you’re overwhelmed, sad, or anxious.
Don’t forget to have fun with your children. Play is crucial for bonding and relaxation.
Prioritize rest and sleep. You can’t care for your child effectively if you’re exhausted.
Seek support when needed, whether it’s from friends, family, or professionals.
Nurture your spirit and individuality. Remember to take time for yourself and your passions. Practice deep breathing to connect with your calm, parasympathetic nervous system.
These practices help parents maintain their mental well-being while navigating the challenges of raising children.
Heart Healing and Forgiveness
Dr. Julie also highlights the importance of heart healing and forgiveness. Parents should make peace with past generations and recognize the impact of their upbringing on their parenting style. Heart healing helps parents break free from ingrained patterns and connect with their authentic selves.
In closing, let us all be reminded to be kind to ourselves and view parenting as a gift. It’s an opportunity for personal growth, forgiveness, and self-discovery. Prioritizing mental health is essential, and seeking support and knowledge is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Parenting is a journey filled with ups and downs, and it’s okay not to have all the answers. What matters most is the love and connection we provide to our children.
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