Guest Blog: Katie Millard, Happiness Trainer – Nurturing Your Wellbeing: A Parents Guide to Mental Health

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Some of you will remember Katie from coming to our event that she did for us in April this year. It was a FANTASTIC, informal and FUN session on how to increase happiness into your daily lives. Katies does such important work, and we felt that what she has to say really needs a platform within Tired Mums Coffee so she kindly agreed to do a guest blog for us!

Grab a brew, and read on to discover simple tips on nurturing your wellbeing.

Nurturing Your Wellbeing: A Parents Guide to Mental Health

Being a parent is a beautiful and rewarding journey filled with love, laughter, and countless precious moments. However, it can also be demanding, overwhelming, and at times, mentally taxing, so it’s crucial to monitor our wellbeing and mental health to navigate this adventure with resilience and joy. In this blog, we’ll explore essential strategies to help you nurture your mental health.

1. Self-Compassion: The Foundation of Wellbeing!
The journey of parenting is filled with self-doubt and guilt. It’s essential to practice self-compassion. Remember, it’s okay to make mistakes. Show yourself the same kindness and patience you would offer a friend. As the saying goes, ‘ don’t believe everything you think!’

2. Seek Support
You don’t have to go through this journey alone. Reach out to other parents, friends, or family members who can provide emotional support. Sharing your experiences and feelings can be incredibly therapeutic. Remember, you’re not alone in your challenges.

3. Prioritize Sleep
Sleep deprivation is an obvious common challenge for parents . Lack of sleep can severely impact your mental health. Create a sleep routine that allows you to get the rest you need. Even short naps during the day can make a significant difference in your mood and overall wellbeing. Sleep is an essential pillar of good mental health.

4. Healthy Eating and Exercise
A balanced diet and regular exercise contribute to both physical and mental wellbeing. Nourish your body with nutritious meals, and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Exercise releases endorphins, which can boost your mood and reduce stress – pushing a pram or buggy is amazing exercise in itself!

5. Set Realistic Expectations
It’s easy to fall into the trap of perfectionism (particularly if you’re looking at social media) Understand that it’s impossible to be a perfect parent. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your family. Embrace imperfection and focus on being the best parent you can be, rather than striving for an unattainable ideal.

6. Me-Time
Don’t forget to make time for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a relaxing bath, or pursuing a hobby, carve out little moments for self-care. This “me-time” can help recharge your mental and emotional batteries.

7. Mindfulness and Meditation
Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you manage stress and anxiety. These techniques allow you to stay present, reduce negative thought patterns, and find inner peace. Even a few minutes of daily quiet time can make a significant difference in your mental wellbeing.

8. Professional Help
If you find yourself struggling with persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or overwhelm, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Therapy or counseling can provide you with the tools and support needed to cope with challenging emotions.

9. Stay Connected
Maintain connections with your partner, friends, and loved ones. A strong support network can help you navigate the ups and downs of parenting. Share your thoughts and feelings with those you trust.

10. Embrace Flexibility
Parenthood is unpredictable. Be open to adapting and changing plans as needed. Flexibility can reduce stress and allow you to go with the flow, rather than resist the inevitable surprises that come with raising children.

We really hope these tips are of use to you and come bring some increased wellbeing to your world.

For more useful bits, go and find Katie on socials using @katiethehappinesscoach (Instagram) or Katie Millard – The Happiness Coach – Shrop/Powys/Herefordshire on Facebook.

We can even direct you straight to her linktree here: https://linktr.ee/katiemillard

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