As a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and a black single mom of three young children, I understand firsthand the unique challenges that motherhood can bring to one's mental health. It can be overwhelming to balance the demands of caring for little ones with taking care of oneself. However, over the years, I have learned some tips that have helped me maintain good mental health while raising my children. Here are some tips that I hope will be helpful to other moms out there:

1. Prioritize self-care: It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for children, but it's important to prioritize self-care. Whether it's taking a bubble bath, reading a good book, or going for a walk, make sure to take time for yourself each day.

2. Connect with other moms: Motherhood can be isolating, so it's important to connect with other moms who can relate to your experiences. Join a mom's group, attend play dates or mom and baby classes, or connect with other moms online. Having a support system can make all the difference.

3. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness practices, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help reduce stress and improve mental health. Find a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, even if it's just a few deep breaths while you're rocking your baby to sleep.

4. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on mental health. While it can be difficult to get enough sleep with young children, try to establish a bedtime routine for yourself and your children to promote healthy sleep habits.

5. Seek professional help: If you're struggling with your mental health, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist, counselor, or other mental health practitioner can provide support and guidance to help you manage your mental health.

6. Practice gratitude: It can be easy to focus on the challenges of motherhood, but practicing gratitude can help shift your mindset to a more positive one. Take time each day to reflect on what you're thankful for, even if it's just something small.

7. Set boundaries: As a mom, it can be easy to put everyone else's needs before your own. However, it's important to set boundaries to protect your own mental health. Learn to say no when you need to, and prioritize activities and relationships that bring you joy and fulfillment.

8. Stay active: Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health. Find an activity that you enjoy, whether it's yoga, jogging, or dancing, and make time for it each week.

9. Practice self-compassion: Motherhood can be challenging, and it's important to be gentle with yourself when things don't go as planned. Practice self-compassion by speaking kindly to yourself and acknowledging that you're doing the best you can.

10. Find joy in the small moments: While motherhood can be challenging, it's also full of small moments of joy and wonder. Take time to appreciate these moments, whether it's your baby's first smile or your toddler's silly dance moves.

In conclusion, as a black single mom of three young children who is also a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, I understand the unique challenges that motherhood can bring to one's mental health. However, by prioritizing self-care, seeking support, practicing mindfulness, and staying active, among other things, mothers can take steps to maintain good mental health while raising their children. Remember that it's important to be gentle with yourself and to seek help when you need it. With these tips, I hope that other moms out there can find ways to prioritize their mental health and enjoy the many pleasures of motherhood.



  1. @Whitnie Thank you! You’re absolutely right. Community and accountability make a HUGE difference!
  2. Great tips Jalisa. While we know what to do, we often just need the reminder to make it happen.

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