We live in a world of constant neglect, somehow I feel that we are afraid to say it out loud.

We neglect our children, ourselves. This is scary and I am afraid that we might have gone to the point of no turning back. Detached from what’s important, taking part in the rat race, betting on our children to be the winning rat. Proud of the cage and its content.

Missing the whole point of being a parent. Harsh? Read below.

Did you ever notice what’s happening around schools in your city? Parent’s dropping off their children in a hurry, running with them into a school grounds, stressed, pulling their half asleep and half-dressed kids, often in tears to manage on time. Everyone is stressed, everyone is unhappy, restless. Every day, on my way to work I pass two primary schools and I can see this madness. Parent’s parking their cars with no regards to any road signs, dropping their kids almost on the go.

Is this is how we should start our days and lives of our children? Since nursery giving them an example of the insane rat race of parents who lives on the run portraying their future? What about time, mindfulness, respect and compassion. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

I know that we all have to go to work, pay bills, I know that many of us suffer from poverty and in today’s world being late to work or anywhere might have huge consequences but maybe it’s time to change something?

 

Today’s society is running so fast that we not really aware of anything more than pressure. The pressure of time, money, level in society, what others think about us. We want to impress people who don’t like us, with material things which we cannot afford to have.

 

We don’t listen to our children any more. We treat them, quite often, like we own them, firing out commands – faster, quicker, don’t touch this, leave it – running in the hurry through life.

We running towards a disaster. We are already in crisis, stating the fact of climate change, most of our population suffers from mental health issues and believe me, continuing living this way we might just get to the point that we will be no chances for turning back. We are facing mental health crisis now and we are not addressing it.

 

 

While working with families, I can see how mental health is impacting people in today’s society. My mental health is far from being stable, but without talking about it we are not going to make a change.

Poverty – this is now days very popular word, isn’t it? In the XXI century, with amazing technologies, research, innovations in any given field we are throwing this word left, right and centre.
That’s true, many of our children live in poverty, many people live in poverty and experiencing it ‘cos of different reasons. But word POVERTY is a beautiful slogan of people who are not experiencing it. It sounds good, important, meaningful.

 

What do you feel, when you hear that many children in today’s world is living in poverty?

 

I feel sadness, I fear that we got used to this world and we should stop using it in the way we are using it now. We need to take responsibility for the next generations, for the future of our children, our and theirs mental health, as we neglect them and neglect chances for a healthy future.

We should stop being afraid to use word NEGLECT and use less of word POVERTY, ‘cos this is just not good enough.

We should make our lives more mental health-friendly, demanding changes in legislation, work standards, putting our health at the very centre of existence. Stressed parents will not focus on relationships and will not be emotionally attuned to their children. Can we just slow down and think about the impact of today’s standards of society on future generations?

Apart from climate disaster we are just crashing ourselves when pushing relentlessly our mental health out of any equation. Ignoring the most important and valuable part of it. Emotional wellbeing, self-awareness and our mental stability.

 

Let’s stop neglecting ourselves and our children. Let’s make changes, let’s stop and take a deep breath, start talking about changing our perception of acceptable living and move towards healthy everyday habits.

Can we stop this rat race and think about how we can stop neglecting mental health? Soon we might not be able to remember what it means to have a healthy mind.