Do you ever struggle to ask for help or advice on something that is causing you stress or making you anxious? There are many things in life that would be made a little easier with the help and advice of another person, however it’s a hard thing to do. We like to think we are able to handle anything life throws at us independently.
Parenting is hard. Fact. But without a support network it can sometimes feel impossible. At pocketnannies we want to start a conversation on mental health and make it an everyday and normal thing to discuss. Our expert post on postnatal depression can be read here. But depression, anxiety, feeling low, stressed or burnt out can hit anytime not just after having a baby, our long wet and grey winters can be really hard and long days with a toddler who’s not sleeping well can feel endless.
Let’s start an honest conversation about what our children are up to. Without any competition or need to impress. You’ll soon find that others are going through similar issues and being able to offload and chat about it can often make a huge difference to how you feel about the situation and who knows someone might just have that little titbit of advice that works for you and your family.
A lot of us turn to google when looking for advice, but how many times have you fallen through the rabbit hole only to emerge minutes/hours later feeling even more anxious and worried about whatever subject you were looking up after reading horror stories or worst case scenarios? I know that’s happened to me.
Everybody seems to have an opinion when it comes to childcare. This can sometimes put people off asking for advice as they are inundated with advice they haven’t asked for from the get go from well meaning people with the best intentions. As a parent you have to develop a filter early on and take the advice that you find most helpful and politely ignore the rest.
This is why I sometimes think talking to an individual. Someone who you don’t know and who doesn’t know you can be helpful as it’s less daunting and you can filter their advice without worrying about their reaction, as their sole responsibility is to help you figure out a solution that works for you.
It can be hard to ask for advice but BetterHelp who’s mission it is to make professional counselling accessible, affordable, convenient – so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere. You can find some articles and advice on mental health over on their website here.