Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents

Tips to boost your mental wellness

Mental wellness tips for parents

Did you know that as a parent, your mental wellness has an effect on your child’s mental wellness? Studies show that 1 in 14 children have a parent with poor mental health. This, in turn, can lead to children having poor general health, a mental, emotional, or developmental disability, or adverse childhood experiences.

As a parent, you’re limited on time and energy. Being pulled in so many directions from work, to caring for your children, it’s understandable how your mental wellness can sometimes be put on the back burner. Here are a few tips that even the busiest parent can implement to boost your mental wellness.

3 Tips to boost your mental wellness

1. Prioritize your sleep schedule

Do you implement bedtime routines with your children, but lack the ability to stick to your own? Sleep is such an important part of your health and can affect more than your ability to function. Poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health. Try to make it a priority to get your sleep schedule on track.  

2. Journal your feelings

 Keeping a journal can help you record your experiences, thoughts, or feelings and is a great self-care practice. It can help you gain more self-confidence, and reduce any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing.

3. Be gentle with yourself

Give yourself permission to be perfect at nothing and do the best you can right now. This philosophy reminds us that our version of “best” will look different from time to time and also to not compare yourself with anyone else. 

Supporting parents’ mental wellness is vital to our community. Champions provides the tools, community resources, and an empathetic listening ear for any parent in need. Whether you’re a veteran parent who just needs a little help with a specific challenge or a new parent who is feeling totally overwhelmed, Champions for Children is here to help.

We offer a variety of programs that build strong parent-child bonds, support healthy child development, help grow parental confidence and skills, and improve family well-being. To learn more about our programs and how they can support your mental wellness, visit our programs page.

Links to resources
Effects of Sleep Deprivation
7 Journal Writing Benefits
CDC – Parental Mental Health