On Mother’s Day, learn to keep a mental health check on your mom

Published on: 8 May 2022, 10:00 am IST
Mothers may take all the negatives out of your life but this Mother’s day, you need to keep a tab on her mental health too.
Rahul Misra
Here’s why you need to take care of your mother’s mental health too. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
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Sometimes, with so much going on in our lives, we often forget to give our mother credit and show them that we care. That is how sometimes, they might end up feeling overlooked or ignored. This is when you need to step up and show your mother that you care about her and her well-being. Considering Mother’s Day 2022 as a reminder, we are listing ways on how to keep your mom’s mental health in great form.

Ensuring good mental health is essential for people of all age groups. Mental health is directly or indirectly related to a person’s overall health. People belonging to the older age group need special care in terms of mental health. Since they become very delicate physically and mentally, it becomes essential to take care of everything that impacts them.

This Mother’s Day, let us talk beyond materialistic gifts and focus on how important it is to consider your mother’s mental health. A routine mental health check for your mother is important because people do not explicitly express themselves in old age. It becomes difficult to understand what is bothering them.

On this Mother’s Day, here’s a list of ways you can take care of your mom’s mental health:

1. Mental health affects physical health:

It is often said that a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. If your mother is happy and feels good, she will feel physically active. However, with her mental and emotional health at bay, there are chances that her physical health might also deteriorate. The prolonged lethargy and no activity will lead to depression and fatigue, which makes the person feel tired most of the time, ultimately negatively impacting physical health.

Poor mental health may dampen your mother’s physical health too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Mental health affects mood:

The mental state determines how a person reacts or behaves toward different situations. We often notice our mothers reacting strangely or getting irritated without any specific reason. This generally happens because of the wrong mental state, and every little thing starts irritating them.

Therefore, it is essential to involve your mother in conversations as much as possible so that she doesn’t feel lonely. Involve her in outings and daily activities to ensure that her mental health is being cared for and her physical health remains good.

3. Mental health impacts decision-making abilities:

Have you ever felt that your mother is getting confused about day-to-day decisions like what to cook for dinner? You might feel it is normal, but sometimes, there is more to it. A person’s mental health impacts a person’s decision-making abilities. A person with sound mental health can make rational decisions. In contrast, a person with inadequate mental health loses the ability to understand things and make good decisions. Therefore, this is another reason why you need to pay special attention to your mother’s mental health.

On this Mother’s day, give your mom some TLC! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Mental health impacts productivity:

Age is just a number, we say. But that depends more considerably on how mentally healthy the person is. In old age, if a person does something good or achieves something, they feel good about themselves as it gives them a sense of accomplishment. It is necessary to keep that zeal and enthusiasm alive in a person in the later years. Suppose your mother’s mental condition is healthy. In that case, she’ll try to indulge herself in some productive activities that will make her feel good about herself and refrain from making a negative perception that she cannot contribute to anything because of her old age.

This Mother’s Day, take a pledge of keeping your mother mentally healthy. It would make her feel that she can do anything like she used to in the earlier years of her life.

Rahul Misra

Founder, Vesta Elder Care

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