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Mental health advice for parents

We all have mental health – and it’s just as important to take care of it as it is to look after our physical health. If our mental health is good it means we can think, feel and react in the ways we need to in order to cope with day to day life. But sometimes we think, feel and react in ways that make it hard to cope. Everyone feels stressed, anxious, emotional or overwhelmed at times, but it’s important to make sure that ‘at times’ doesn’t become ‘all the time’. Here are some tips for looking after your mental health and getting support – because there’s lots of help out there, so don’t be afraid or embarrassed to access it.

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

Finding support

It’s important to remember that there’s lots of support out there, starting with your GP. NHS Inform has resources to help you keep on top of your mental health, including their anxiety self-help guide.  You can also find useful information on the SAMH website.

If you want to talk to someone anonymously, 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're feeling.

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