world mental health day

World Mental Health Day: Taking Care of Yourself First

"You can't pour from an empty cup" - this phrase holds profound truth when it comes to prioritizing self-care. I used to be one of those individuals who would postpone taking time off or scheduling a self-care day until my cup was completely drained. With the constant demands of work and responsibilities at home, it always felt like there was never enough time. As a parent, the work is never truly done.

However, I realized that I needed to reevaluate my approach. I started by creating lists of tasks and responsibilities, ranking them in order of importance. Slowly, I began to work my way down the list, giving myself permission to take breaks and breathe. I recognized that mental health is crucial and that I needed to replenish my own cup in order to thrive, both for myself and for the people around me.

It's not just adults who grapple with emotions and feelings; toddlers and children do too. That's why I have dedicated myself to writing children's books centered around emotional intelligence, self-regulation, and social skills. It's our responsibility as adults to equip young children with the necessary tools to understand and effectively manage their emotions and feelings. By doing so, we can help them grow into confident and compassionate individuals.

Here are some of my children's books about emotions and feelings for kids: The Angry Fish, Super SEL, The Mean Bean, and more. These books are great for kids ages 3-5 and can be used at home, in the classroom, and by counselors.

On this World Mental Health Day, let's remember the importance of self-care and the impact it can have on our overall well-being. Take a moment to prioritize yourself and replenish your own cup - because by doing so, you'll be better equipped to support and uplift those around you.

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