• Vicky Brandt, LMHC

Maternal Mental Health During Covid

It’s been a rough year for parents, and consequently for maternal mental health. So many moms are struggling to balance working from home while taking care of small children or trying to help their kids with remote schooling. All while having very little or no support. It’s basically an impossible task.

Parental burnout is real. After over a year of this, a lot of moms feel like they should be managing better, but we are still in survival mode. In a lot of cases, it’s not realistic to be practicing healthy self-care on a regular basis. Ideally, moms will realize this and cut themselves a lot of slack.

So what can we do to survive this difficult time? We can shoot for moments, just moments, of joy or peace or relaxation. We can go outside & appreciate the spring weather. We can remember to breathe. And most importantly, we can try to be kind & compassionate toward ourselves.

Vicky Brandt, LMHC is the owner of Looking Glass Counseling. She has over 14 years of experience working as a psychotherapist, both in private practice and community mental health settings. She has taught as adjunct faculty in the master's programs at Boston College and Lesley University.

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