“Accept that people will have varying personalities in accordance with their environment”
Triggered: How Parents and Youth are Handling Mental Health with Usha Chudasama
Mental health has been a taboo topic passed on as the “family secret”. With Generation Z we have come to find that they are not only willing to talk about it, they are also ready to get healed from it. Many of the older generations have been taken aback by their boldness when it comes to depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Mix in a pandemic, virtual learning, fires, storms, and parents becoming teachers…you’ve got yourself a whole to talk about.
It starts with preventive mental health techniques as early as possible. Things like learning boundaries, creating a safe environment to communicate, and learning how to deal with disappointment can be great tools. Then when unexpected things happen, like what we are experiencing this year, we are a little better equipped to give our children the help they need. Don’t think that it is too late for you to help your children, and yourself, to be able to handle what is currently happening.
~ It’s really important to remember that children don’t have the resources that we have as adults
~ Be mindful of your child’s increased screen time due to school, social media, and video games
~ Monitor your children for mood swings that are out of character for them
~ Find healthy ways to manage frustrations for you and your family
~ Accept that people will have varying personalities in accordance with their environment
~ Expect and be flexible to handle change
In today’s episode, Usha gave us some things to think about when it comes it our mental health as a parent as well as the mental health of our children. When we neglect these things we find ourselves frustrated and drained each day. Proper mental health care can make your home a lot more peaceful.
Find your outlets! When you are unable to be separate from what is frustrating you, and outlet will give you the relief that you need. Some pretty popular outlets include dancing, writing, and cooking. (Uh, that last one can get a little dangerous depending on what you are cooking. lol) Don’t just find your outlets. Make those who are close to you aware of the outlets that you have so they can know how to help you when things get a little tough.
It makes a difference
It can save a life
I am the founder of Healing Feeling and author of “Your Happy Child 10 Proven Steps to Raising a Happy Child” I’m also a child and adult psychotherapist.
I support parents to empower their children and heal their own inner child through the experience of parenthood and adulthood.