Are you a member of a family that is falling apart? Are you attempting to figure out how to keep your sanity even though it seems like your whole world is falling apart? If so, you need to find ways to help you keep your mental faculties together during this difficult time.
The first thing that you must do is take care of yourself, whether you are a parent or child in the situation. For many parents, it can be difficult to recognize that this self-care is essential to the care of their children. However, if you are falling apart, you will not be able to provide the example and support that your kids need from you.
If you need to visit with a mental health therapist, you should do so. Though there was once a stigma attached to this type of service, that is rarely the case these days. It is a sign of strength to recognize when you need to get support and assistance from a professional who is trained in dealing with situations such as yours.
It is also possible that your children will need to visit with a therapist. Whether your family is breaking apart due to divorce, death or some other form of tragedy, it can benefit youngsters to process the information with an outside person. If they are not able to find a safe person to go through this process with, they will find some other way to cope. Whether drugs, food or other poor behavior choices, you don’t want that for your kids.
Of course, you might have a different type of situation than these. When parents divorce, siblings die, or other family begin to go through trauma, it can have an impact on everyone involved. You might find that your previous support system is gone or damaged to the extent that you can no longer depend on it.
In cases like these, support groups can often become a source of strength. You can find them in your local community and via the web. You will bolster your own strength by talking to others who can relate to your situation.
Another resource that can be helpful is self-help books. Instead of telling yourself that you don’t have time to sit down with a book, get a copy of the audio book. You can listen to it while you are in your car, taking a shower or cleaning your house. The positive and encouraging messages of professionals and those with similar stories can have a profound impact on your ability to bounce back and recover from the situation.
When families begin to dissolve, for any reason, it can be difficult for everyone. By using varied resources for strength and support, you will have the tools needed to get through it with your sanity intact. Do the same thing for anyone else in your charge. Though it might not seem like it right now, the pain will eventually begin to subside.