Mental Health Matters. Here’s Why You Should Put Yours First

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Thankfully, awareness of mental health is growing in this country and around the world. Now, more and more people realize how important it is concerning your overall health. Still, it doesn’t mean moms understand how to put theirs ahead of others. As a parent, it’s our job to ensure that our kids’ needs are in front of everything else, so it goes against the code. Anyone who has a child with a disability appreciates this twice as much.

But, if we’re going to continue to be excellent guardians, it’s essential to reset the clock and start each day again. Here are the reasons why.

Bad Decisions

Poor mental health doesn’t mean you have bipolar disorder or are schizophrenic. It may be that life is getting on top of you and you’re very stressed. As a result, moms lose the ability to think clearly and make good decisions. Considering the choices you make impact your kids, they have to be on point. Logically speaking, a mother’s mental health has to come first if they want to give their children the healthiest possible lifestyle. Otherwise, errors creep in and add tension while taking away from the positive aspects of your kid’s lives.

Knowledge Is Power

Guiding a young person’s life is by no means straightforward. To do it successfully, a parent has to understand and believe in what they teach. Those that don’t tend to lead by the wrong example and impact their children’s lives for the worse. What’s bad about this is the fact it a long-term thing. By putting your mental health first, you can educate yourself on the healthy and unhealthy parts of your wellbeing. Regarding passing this knowledge on to your kids, it’s safe to assume they won’t be fed any fake news. In short, being selfish allows you to be selfless.

Backsliding

Depression rates among mothers are pretty shocking. At least one in five will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in the United States. That means that in the US alone 800,000 women have mood swings or have an anxiety disorder. And, relapse rates are incredibly high too. Thankfully, backsliding is preventable with holistic and medication-assisted treatment programs. Not only can you set a good example, but you can maintain the position of role model for the foreseeable future. Of course, it isn’t possible if you’re too busy to seek help initially.

Justification

Finally, let’s not forget that motherhood doesn’t mean everything else goes out of the window. Yes, responsibilities change yet you don’t have to give up your life to be a mom. Therefore, moms deserve to be happy mentally as much as anyone else. There are lots of instances of equality for women, so there is no reason to add to the list and exacerbate the situation. Always care for your kids, but stop short of putting your health on hold in case it’s absolutely necessary.

Do you put your mental health first? If not, are you prepared to give it a try?