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Mental health advice for parents

Things aren’t easy at the moment. Spending more time in the house is hard and if you have kids at home to look after, this can add more of a challenge. Add working from home, job worries, trying to keep the wee ones entertained, all while dealing with the thought of you or your family getting ill, it’s no wonder parents are feeling stressed and anxious.

While we’re all focused on our physical health just now, it’s just as important that we look after our mental health. There are things you can start doing to try and look after yourself. And remember, this is something we are all going through, and there is support out there. We’ve put together this advice to try and help you cope at the moment.

In this short video, Dr Punam Krishan shares practical tips to help you cope.

Tips to look after your mental health

Dealing with negative thoughts

The way we think affects the way we feel, so negative thoughts can make us feel bad. No one wants to think negative thoughts. The trouble is, they tend to pop into our heads of their own accord! Sometimes, you can acknowledge the thought and then dismiss it. But sometimes, worrying thoughts get stuck. Here are some tips for getting rid of them:

Tips for dealing with negative thoughts

Find support

It is important to remember that support is still available at this time. You can still contact your GP if you are finding things difficult at the moment (by phone if you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19). NHS Inform has resources to help you keep on top of your mental health, so does the SAMH website. You can also call Breathing Space, Scotland’s national helpline for those experiencing depression or anxiety on 0800 83 85 87. Alternately you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 at any time to talk to them about how you are feeling.

You can find more advice on coping with parenting during the coronavirus outbreak at the Spark website. The anxiety self-help guide from NHS Inform may also help.

Working away from home?

If you're separated from your family at the moment, perhaps because you're working away from home, you may be finding things hard. Here are some tried and tested tips from the experience of Royal Navy and Royal Marines families which may help you to navigate this time of separation.

Being a parent is the best job in the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful. There will be days when it all feels a little too much. To help you manage the challenges ahead, Parent Club has some tips on coping with being a parent and keeping calm with your wee one so you can build a rewarding relationship together.

Illustration of a parent getting frustrated

Illustration of a parent getting frustrated