Mental Health Awareness for Moms – 301

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Welcome to the first edition of the Summer Playback Series, dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Month.

The primary goal of this month is raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and advocate for better mental health care resources and support.

In today's episode, we're revisiting two earlier episodes that discuss seven signs of good mental health and how poor mental health affects parenting.

Tune in to explore these important topics with me.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER:

  • 7 signs of good mental health
  • How to start taking action TODAY to improve your mental health
  • How poor mental health impacts parenting
  • What to do if you’re having difficulty functioning day-to-day
  • Episode 196 – 7 Signs of Good Mental Health
  • Episode 197 – Mental Health for Moms
  • Episode 015 – How to Set Boundaries
  • Episode 078 – Why Every Mom Needs a Life Coach
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This is Less Drama More Mama, the podcast for moms who want to feel calm, in control, and confident about how to handle anything life throws their way. If you’re ready to go from feeling frazzled and disrespected to feeling calm and connected, this is the podcast for you. I’m your host, Pam Howard.

You are listening to the Less Drama More Mama podcast, episode 301: Mental Health Awareness for Moms, week one of the Summer Playback Series.

Hello, Mama! Welcome to today’s edition of the Summer Playback Series, dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know that Mental Health Awareness Month originated in the United States all the way back in 1949? It was initiated by the organization Mental Health America. The primary goal was and still is to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and advocate for better mental health care resources and support.

The month of May was chosen because Springtime symbolizes renewal and hope and wearing a green ribbon is a way to show solidarity with those affected by mental illness and to promote conversations about mental health.

In this episode, I’m highlighting segments from episodes 196 and 197, where I’ll be discussing seven signs of good mental health and exploring the impact of poor mental health on parenting. Let’s dive in.

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So, as I go through these, I want you to rate yourself on a scale from 1-10 for each of them and see where you’re doing well and where you might want to improve.

The first sign of good mental health is a positive self-concept, how you think about yourself. Do you generally have positive thoughts about yourself or do you often criticize, judge, and berate yourself? Can you identify your strengths easily? Can you forgive yourself for your mistakes? Rate your self-concept on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being poor and 10 being positive. And a 10 doesn’t mean you’re conceited or that you think you’re better than other people. It means you accept that you have strengths and weaknesses and that you’re 100% worthy no matter what.

The second sign of good mental health is taking care of your physical health. How you eat, sleep, and exercise impacts your mental health so much. Are you getting adequate sleep? Do you eat healthy foods that fuel your body and do you drink water? Do you move your body or do you have more of a sedentary lifestyle? Again, go ahead and rate yourself from 1-10 on this.

The third sign is emotional regulation, or the ability to recognize, express, and manage a range of positive and negative emotions. I talk about this a lot on the podcast. Do you tend to resist, avoid, or react to your emotions? Or are you able to allow them and give yourself permission to actually feel what you’re feeling without feeling guilty, without yelling, emotionally eating, stuffing your emotions down and putting on a happy face, or self-sabotaging? Rate yourself from 1-10.

The fourth sign of good mental health is the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others. Do you have healthy, stable relationships? Or do your relationships with people tend to have a lot of drama? Do you form good relationships with people at work or in the community? Can you count on those people in times of need? And do you offer them the same kind of support when they’re in need? Rate yourself again from 1-10.

The fifth sign of good mental health is having good boundaries. There’s really two parts to this: there’s having boundaries at all and then following through on those boundaries. So, can you say “no” without feeling guilty? Do you have boundaries around how you spend your time, your money, and your energy? One of my earliest episodes talked about boundaries in detail, so if you struggle with this, I want you to check out episode 15, which I’ll link to in the show notes.

The sixth sign of good mental health is having goals and direction in life. People with good mental health have something to look forward to and work toward, and they don’t give up until they achieve it. It might take longer than they anticipated, but they’re motivated to keep going. How much time do you spend thinking about your future vs. thinking about the past? Do you have goals for your future or are you simply trying to get through today? I love helping people set big goals for themselves because when they do, it brings up all the self-doubt and fear and limiting beliefs that we can then work through together and eliminate in order to reach the goals. Go ahead and rate yourself from 1-10 on whether you have goals and direction.

The seventh and final sign I’m going to talk about today is being able to ask for support when you need it. People with good mental health know their limits and view getting help as a sign of strength, not weakness. They know when they need support and they value their mental health enough to go out and find it. Are you good at asking for support when you need it or do you just pretend to have it all together and tell yourself you should know better? Or you should be able to do everything yourself? Be honest and rate yourself from 1-10.

Now, I want you to look at your ratings with curiosity, not judgment. This is not an exercise in comparing yourself to an impossible standard or to another person. This is just your own self-assessment and I want you to notice where you’re doing well, and where you can boost your mental health.

Then I want you to choose one area. Just ONE. And commit to focusing on that area during this month of Mental Health Awareness month (or if you’re listening to this at some time in the future, whatever month you’re in). Commit to bringing up your rating in one area just by a point or two. We’re not talking major life changes here, just small improvements. Are you in?

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Let’s talk about how poor mental health impacts parenting. First of all, when you’re struggling mentally, you’re not thinking clearly and so your judgment is clouded. It impacts your decision-making. You’re not as present as you want to be. If your daily functioning is impaired, you might neglect parental responsibilities like taking your kids to and from school on time, providing them with healthy food, or being there for them emotionally. It could even impact your ability to keep your kids physically safe. Your emotions fuel your actions, so if you’re irritable, reactive, or withdrawn, you’re not going to show up as the mom you most want to be.

If you’re struggling with your mental health to the point that you’re having difficulty functioning day-to-day, seek out a good therapist.

You aren’t weak for going to therapy. You’re not weak for taking medicine, or asking for help, or hiring help. Less Drama More Mama was founded on the principle that moms need to put their own oxygen masks on first, so they can be the best moms they can be. And that means getting help when you need it.

If you’re functioning ok, but you’re just feeling overwhelmed, stuck, frustrated, powerless, or pessimistic, a good therapist or coach can help you take back your power and feel better faster than you’d be able to on your own or by talking with a trusted friend or family member. I did an episode called Why Every Mom Needs a Life Coach, which I’ll link to in the show notes and it tells you exactly what you can expect from coaching, and answers the most common questions that I get about it. That’s episode 78.

Now, summer is almost here and I think it’s one of the best times of year to hire a coach because school’s out and the pace of summer is slower. Plus, you can learn and practice the tools all summer, so that by the time school rolls around again, you’re feeling confident and empowered in your life.

You will astound yourself with how much easier parenting is when you focus on your own mental well-being. And the best part is that your kids will benefit from having a mom who’s mentally fit and strong and who is a model of good mental health.

Your mental health is the most important thing when it comes to parenting your kids and living your best life. And it’s my mission to help you cultivate good mental health and feel your best, so you can parent at your best and have the kind of loving and connected relationships with your kids that you crave.

So, request a free consultation with me at lessdramamoremama.com/mini to see if my coaching is right for you. And if it isn’t, let’s figure out what is right for you and how you can get the kind of support you need.

I’ll talk to you again next week. Bye-bye.

Bye bye.

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