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5 Steps To Better Mental Health For Moms

So, you’re a parent, or maybe you’re thinking about starting a family. Either way, you’ve probably got an ideal image of what you want it to look like. Baby giggles, first steps, and their growth into being strong, productive adults. But let’s get real… there’s a lot behind the scenes to get them there that doesn’t make the Instagram cut. It’s time to be aware of the mental health battles many moms face in today’s stressful world. Let’s look at some top steps to better mental health for moms.

Understand That Parenting Is Tough

Being a parent can be tough…like, really tough. There’s this massive pressure to balance the basics like a child’s hygiene, their education, your work deadlines, playdates, and time with your partner. And you’re supposed to do all that and more with a pleasant smile on your face. And here’s the kicker: sometimes, that smile hides anxiety, depression, or worse. But, for many women, admitting their struggling feels like failing at the parenting gig.

The stigma around mental health issues for mothers has deep roots  in cultural norms, personal fears, and misinformation. Women often worry about being judged by friends, family, or nosy neighbors. It’s like everyone expects you to have your shit together all the time. Unfortunately,  that’s not how life works. One thing that I’ve had to do is adjust my expectations of myself and my children to maintain balance. Though there are still times I feel like I’m out of my happy place, I am there more than not.

Find Your Tribe

Imagine this: communities that actually support parents without judgment. Not finding your tribe can feel like your in the desert alone without water. Know that there are places where you can be honest about how tough parenting can be and not worry about raised eyebrows. We’re seeing more of these supportive spaces pop up, especially online. Moms are getting real about the not-so-perfect parts of parenting.

Open conversations about the battles many moms face can help everyone see that it’s normal not to be okay sometimes. Plus, these chats can point folks in the right direction for help, like educational resources and support groups with specific focuses.

Knowing When to Get Professional Help

Here’s the deal: getting professional mental health care isn’t just for crises. It’s something parents need to have access to, no questions asked. Therapy, counseling, and support groups—these are best to be as routine as your kiddo’s check-ups. Picture a world where mental healthcare is part of the deal post-baby all the way through high school or college graduation. 

Learning is Key

If we’re going to bust this stigma, education is the key. We need to start young and keep the info coming. Workshops, seminars, and classes that tackle mental health are just as important as learning how to burp a baby or choose a school. The more we know, the better equipped we’ll be to handle mental health challenges for ouselves and our kids.

Listen to Stories That Inspire

Never underestimate the power of a story that speaks about someone’s experience. When women/moms who’ve been through it talk about their mental health battles, others listen and can feel like their not alone. It could be a celeb or the person next door—doesn’t matter. Their stories can inspire you to seek help and start your own conversations. It’s all about creating a ripple effect that makes waves in breaking down barriers.

Tackling the job of creating better mental health for moms is a team effort. We need to build up those support networks, boost access to care, keep the education train running, and share our real-life tales. Every little effort counts and makes the path smoother for ourselves and the next mom who needs a little help. Here’s to making mothering easier on the mind…for everyone’s sake! 


About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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