Today is World Mental Health Day. And yes, the main point of it is to increase awareness of mental health issues with others. Yet it is also a chance to be a reminder to ourselves to pause what we are doing, even if it is something as important as daddying, and reflect on our own mental health.
It is important to do this because we can’t daddy with depression to the best of our ability if we don’t acknowledge our depression, reflect on our journey in recovery, and map out ways that we can better manage or mental illnesses, both for ourselves and for our families.
Ideally, we wouldn’t wait for arbitrary days like World Mental Health Day to make these reflections, these self-corrections. Instead, it would be something that we do on a regular basis. Yet even after being in therapy for over 8 years, being on medication, etc, the fact I still struggle to remember and incorporate this self-reflection into my daily life, especially after becoming even busier when I started daddying with depression.
So, until I get to the point where that self-reflection becomes second-nature, days like World Mental Health Day are a perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on my recovery, and as it relates to this blog, reflect on how I can daddy with depression even better in the future.
And I hope you get the chance to do the same today.