Poor mental health, high anxiety levels and generally living life at a stressful speed is taking its toll. On my travels around schools and with other adoptive parents I’m noticing the need for more creative ways to manage our own mental health, as adults, as well as the children and young people we care for.
A few years ago Sally Donovan wrote a blog post that was so helpful for many parents struggling with the impact of living with trauma – Project Me. You don’t need to be an adoptive parent to feel stress and to need to take some measures to look after yourself. I’d really recommend you click on the Project Me link and take a read of her blog.
We have to think outside of the box in how we can find ways to heal and to give ourselves, and our children, the time, tools and techniques to increase our mental health.
Recently I came across a therapy that is working really well in this area. I also know people myself who find great solace in creative ways of therapy such as art, music, crafts of all kinds. With the cut in services provided by the government now we have to take more responsibility for our own mental health and look seriously at creating a space for recovery.
Those who know me well will know that I’m talking to myself this week. Life doesn’t seem to afford us with balance – for some there is one thing after the other, whether that’s children, parents, friends, jobs, health – it might all feel like it’s unravelling at the same time. We need to find ways to keep things in perspective and to be able to manage the level of stress – however high that might be.
So I’m encouraging you today to take a look at the Project Me blog and also the Woodworking blog of an interview with adults who have found woodworking really beneficial in their therapeutic journeys.
As ever, feel free to contact me with any suggestions, questions or comments you might have, and look after yourself – after all you can’t look after others if you don’t!