I see taking care of my emotional and mental health in the same way that I see taking care of a garment; After it’s been through wear and tear, it needs attention…Gina Barreca. I am learning a massive part of our family autism journey include monitoring, regulating or rejuvenating our mental health. All of us have major factors or life experiences that contribute to our mental health state. As a mother and wife to beautiful souls with autism spectrum disorder, I am often reminded our mental health can be fragile. Our minds and emotions on any given day can shift between highs or lows. Often we have to take steps to improve our mental health. This should include fulfilling our spiritual needs along with some form of healthy physical activity. Yes often times when we feel our mental health slipping, it helps having a true friend or therapist to talk out any complex feelings/thoughts. I am understanding these steps do aide in our family feeling less anxious about everyday life. Hence, fostering within us a measure of peaceful mental health. True, I do enjoy meditation, prayer and talking with dear friends while sipping on hazelnut coffee or hot tea. This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending a few hours with some beautiful ladies at a tea party. It was refreshing to my mental health. Later that evening when I got back home, I discovered M in the den singing his favorite spiritual songs. His humming and sweet voice was beautiful. I realized that was M way of improving his mental health, maybe creating within him peace. Honestly, I think we all should be open to conversations and understanding to our dear ones emotions or thinking in these difficult times regardless of their ability. Afterall, we’re all on the mental health spectrum and need support so as not to become OVERWHELM!
Simply an autism mom rejuvenating M & my mental health