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Emotional Stability For Foster Parents

Emotional Stability For Foster Parents

Why is emotional stability so important?

Foster parents who are emotionally stable are aware of their surroundings, feelings and behaviors. They have learned ways to deal with the stress and problems that arise due to the foster care system. They feel good about what they are doing.

However, many things happen in your life can disrupt your emotional stability and lead to  feelings of depression. These things include:

  • Children moving in and out
  • Having a child that’s difficult to deal with
  • Getting divorced or married
  • Dealing with courts, social workers, etc
  • Money management
  • Moving to a new home

All “change” can be stressful. Good or bad.

How can my emotions affect my body?

It is scientifically proven that our body will eventually breakdown if internal feelings and emotions are not dealt with. When you are stressed and emotionally unstable, your body tries to give you signals that things are not right. As a result, you could experience high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop following a stressful event. These could be physical signs that your emotional stability is out of balance:

  • Back pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Shift in appetite
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sexual problems

Poor emotional stability also weakens the  immune system, making it more likely to get infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, you may not take care of your body as you should. Usually you will not feel like exercising, eating healthy or taking doctors prescribtions. Substance abuse is also a sign of poor emotional stability.

Taking care of yourself is vital

The best way to protect your emotional stability is to pay close attention to the details in your everyday life. You might be the type to brush things under the carpet only to find huge mountains to deal with later. You also might be the type  that hates confrontation. Both of these personality types can easily get caught in the currents of the foster care system and be easily swayed to the point of feeling lost and out of touch.

A simple approach to getting your life back

This might be one of the hardest things you have done, but it’s time to get honest with yourself. Take inventory of every thought you have during the day and deal with things as they come instead of putting them off to deal with later. If it involves talking to someone when you need to, then so be it. If it involves doing those things that you’ve been putting off and look like they might be impossible to do, then start one at a time. As soon as you put this principle into action, you will start feeling your confidence soar. You will not only feel good but you will start having a healthier attitude towards others in your life.


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