I’ve written many times about how abused children spend so much of our childhood simply trying to survive, that we miss out learning things that we should have as a kid. NAMI writer Laura Greenstein feels that when it comes to taking care of our mental health, all children are missing out:
During childhood, we learn lesson-by-lesson how to take care of ourselves. Many lessons pertain to our health—such as bandaging a scrape so it doesn’t get infected. But typically, our childhood health lessons involve only physical health. What are kids taught to do when they feel lonely? Or when they feel rejected by other kids? The answer, usually, is nothing.
She goes on to offer some basic tips for mental health hygiene. You may find some good tips for yourself in there.