Time to Talk is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. This year, they want to bring together the “right ingredients” to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging the stigma around mental health, they want you to get talking.
However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
These 5 things can help mental well being and here is how we, as Mums, can help…
Give to others – Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Have a chat with the new Mum who comes to playgroup looking nervous. It may have been a massive effort for her to get to the playgroup and a friendly chat or smile might make her day. Being a new parent can leave us feeling lonely and isolated so reach out, invite the new mum to join you for a cup of tea.
Connect – Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Again this can be fellow Mum’s at Playgroup, Activities, the Nursery door etc. A smile and a few words can go a long way. Try a new playgroup or parent & baby stay and play group run by the team at Ripon & Rural. Lisings are all here.
Be active – Take a walk, go cycling or find a class near you. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. There are some lovely adult fitness classes were you can take you baby along with you. Suggestions here.
Keep learning – Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
Be mindful – Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
If you feel like you are in need of some extra support our Services & Support page may help.
Mumbler can help – join the Ripon & Nidderdale Mumbler Chat Group. This is a great place where we can support each other as we go through the daily struggles of parenthood. Please ask if you are looking for a fellow parent to do something with. These posts always get a fantastic reaction. If you don’t feel like you would like to post it yourself, we are happy to post it anonymously.
Do share this with your friends and hold out a helping hand.