Parent Education- Remember the Oxygen Mask Rule!
Thank you for joining me in a discussion about mental health, specifically, topics related to nurturing yourself. I have compiled a document I hope is helpful as you continue to be curious about your mental health journey. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
I wanted to share the entire podcast episode, “The Agony of Pandemic Parenting“. It is from the New York Times and it is an extremely validating listen for those who have been parenting and/or providing childcare during the pandemic. I encourage you to pop it in your ears the next time you’re making dinner, going for a walk, or doing yard work.
Oxygen Mask Rule: Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own nose before assisting others.
Tara Brach is a mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She releases free, weekly meditations on her website tarabrach.com. I find her meditations to be very helpful in my personal life. I also used Tara Brach’s RAIN method during our conversation on the 27th. You can find out more about RAIN in her latest book, Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN.
If you are considering seeking professional therapeutic services, I encourage you to consult with your Primary Care Physician. You can also find a provider directly through psychologytoday.com. Psychology Today allows you to search for a therapist in/near your area code. You can also be specific about your mental health needs using filters. Another way of finding a provider is calling the number on the back of your insurance card. If you have insurance, a representative will be able to help you find a therapist in your area. I found my own therapist using the last method. Even therapists need therapists!
Lastly, if you/someone close to you is ever experiencing a crisis, do not hesitate to reach out to a professional. You can always call the Utah Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). For additional crisis services, please use this resource list provided by the Utah Psychological Association
Excerpt from Kindness, the most viewed poem online during the pandemic
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
You must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
by Naomi Shihab Nye