For me, this is a special area of interest. Being a parent of three, I understand the roller coaster ride that is parenting. At times the love and laughter and other times the stress and heartache we take on when we see our loved ones in pain. This may be when we hear about the incident at school, the broken relationship or perhaps the challenges our children face when trying to fit in with their peers.
I also recognise how life can be even more challenging for who suffer with their mental health. As parents and carers we are often left with feelings of frustration, self-blame, anger, inadequacy, helplessness and more. Sometimes with nowhere to turn. These feelings are normal and human. But what I really want to share with you, is that kindness, compassion, patience, love and empathy, are far more useful for all concerned. Of course, this starts with ourselves first and foremost and can have far more beneficial results for all concerned. Mindfulness Mindfulness is a great teacher for life, first and foremost teaching us how to self-care among the chaos. When stressful emotions begin to take over, Mindfulness practice teaches rebalance and gain perspective on our situation. As we put Mindfulness into practice we self-calm and observe our emotions without letting them take us over. This means we make balanced decisions. We become kind towards ourselves and we recognise the value of this in our relationships with our children and young adults.