By: Katherine Esquivel, MS, LPC-A, Supervised by Roxanne Deams, LPC-S
In the month of May, we celebrate mothers all around us, typically with bunches of flowers, a box of chocolates, or handwritten notes. This month we want to give support to all mothers on their mental health well-being.
As stated by Brené Brown, “Motherhood is hard, but your struggle doesn’t have to be yours alone.” More than anyone, mothers can forget to fill their own cup for the need of their children. Prioritizing mental health and wellness is crucial for all moms, as it can help them manage stress, improve mood, and maintain a positive outlook on life.
Here are 6 ways that moms can prioritize their mental health and wellness:
Make Time for Self-Care It's essential to take time out for yourself to engage in activities that promote relaxation and well-being. This could be anything from taking a relaxing bath to reading a book, listening to music, or practicing yoga.
Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing exercises and meditation, can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Connect With Others It's important to connect with friends and family members who can provide emotional support and encouragement. Joining a support group can also help you feel less isolated and provide a safe space to share your experiences with others.
Exercise Regularly Exercise is not only great for physical health but also for mental health. Regular exercise releases endorphins, which can boost your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Seek Professional Help If you are struggling with mental health issues, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Talking to a counselor can provide valuable support and guidance.
Set Boundaries As a mom, it's easy to get caught up in the demands of daily life. Setting boundaries and saying no when necessary can help you avoid overcommitting and feeling overwhelmed.
By prioritizing mental health and wellness, moms can better manage the challenges of motherhood and enjoy a happier, healthier life.