New Parents and Caregivers: Mental Health – Engage early, take action now!

Parents & Child
Soon to be parents/caregivers: The time for a mental health tune-up is now!

Attending to and caring for your own mental health is important before, during and after childbirth.  This is due, in large part, because a parent/caregiver’s behavior, mood and mental state have a direct impact on their growing child. Research shows that early experiences in a child’s life have a direct impact on their mental and emotional health and wellness. In fact…

did you know?Did you know…?

  • Babies have the ability to sense and react to their parents’ moods, such as being angry or sad, beginning at birth. 

  • A child’s self image begins to develop in infancy

  • Most children are capable of feeling good or bad about themselves by and between the ages of 1 and 2 years of age.

  • Infants understand themselves and their surroundings through their interactions with parents and caregivers. 

  • An infant’s emotional development is a critical component of their brain development 

  • Parents and caregivers who effectively treat and manage their own mental health have the potential to lower the risk of the illness on their child 

  • Regular and repeated positive communication between a parent/caregiver and infant can lead to a more secure attachment, increased adaptability and greater resiliency for the child.

  • Young children exposed to early trauma may be able to overcome the effects of adverse events through constant, predictable, supportive interaction.

Mental health maintenance matters!

Early interactions between parent/caregiver and infant influence the development of the child as well as the relationship between them. Appropriate Hammer:Toolsmodeling, self care and understanding a child’s social-emotional milestones are critical for increasing the likelihood of greater mental health and wellness. Mental health maintenance helps accomplish that. 

paper and pencilMental Health Tune-up Tips:

  1. Develop a trusted social support system.

  2. Create and maintain a regular routine or schedule.

  3. Practice and engage in mindful techniques and activities.

  4. Set an effective and appropriate sleep/wake pattern.

  5. Identify and engage in daily activities that both challenge you and bring you joy.

If you feel as if your daily activities are being negatively impacted by your mood and/or you are unable to control or balance your emotions it might be time to seek professional help.

Engage early, take action now!

mother:child love


Christine Finerty
Touchstone Counseling

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