Why Kids Actually Improve Your Mental Health

Why all the craziness is worth it!

September 21, 2018
By: Kristine Boyd

There is a common belief that once you have kids, your life turns upside down. You’re prepared to be stressed all the time, have no free time, and for your marriage to struggle. While these are common things that every parent goes through at one point or another, there is another side to the story. The truth is that kids actually help your mental health!

A common stress-relief practice is to do something that makes you feel like a kid again. Maybe its drawing, dancing around, or simply laughing at dumb jokes. When you have kids, many people go into parent mode out of protection for their kids and forget to have fun with them. The key to improving your mental health with kids, is acting like a kid with them!

If you find yourself on the sidelines of the fun and games, try joining in! It may seem dumb at first, and you will probably feel immature. But after a few times, it will become your new favorite form of stress relief! The best part is that while you’re having fun and destressing, you’re also spending quality time with your children. It is a win-win situation!

As adults, we always forget to take time to act like kids again and let our imagination run wild. Sometimes being around children who have no inhibitions or fears in life can inspire you to live the same way. Children can motivate you to find the happy moments in every situation and simply have fun.

When was the last time you just let yourself go and went all out being your goofy, silly self? A lot of us can’t even say how long it’s been. Take advantage of children’s fun, playful energy and adopt it yourself. You will be amazed how much it changes your mood and mindset!