Goals for 2019

For the first time ever last year, I reached all my goals for 2018. I strongly attribute this to writing them down, as well as an update, in order to keep me accountable. Now, with exams out the way, I thought I’d write down my goals for 2019 too.

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Goals for 2019

Decluttering

This is probably my most recent goal, having only decided on this one around the second week in. For once, I may just about be on trend, as I have just binged watched “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo. I’ve never watched a show that taught me so much, yet seemed so obvious at the same time.

The before and after pictures really spoke to me, as normally we just see these gorgeous homes on Instagram, but never expect that how it started off could resemble our own homes. Her teachings about sparking joy and detaching our memories from objects, really spoke to me as although I am not a materialistic person, all of my belongings I feel must be kept for sentimental reasons.

As a result, one goal is to declutter my room, to the extent of imagining “this is what I would bring if I moved house.” If I wouldn’t bring it to a new home, why would I keep it in my old one? Up to now, I’ve already cleared out some clothes, and I would like to keep updating on my Instagram I did here. Continue reading “Goals for 2019”

What is there to know about Fathers’ mental health?

In a society where we’re (rightfully so) encouraging men to be expressive, not hide their feelings or reinforce this “macho” image, what is there to know about fathers’ mental health? Or perhaps more appropriate to ask, what do we know about their mental health? In this post, I shall be exploring exactly that. If you have any thoughts, just leave them in the comments below!

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What to know about Fathers' mental health?

Father’s supportive role

When having a baby, we often hear about maternal mental health, over paternal mental health. Of course, having a baby is a massive deal, and some women do develop perinatal mental health issues, but this isn’t to say that the Father can be mentally affected too.

In a study by Hanzak (2016), they asked Mother’s who had experienced maternal mental illnesses, how much their partner was able to help. The answers were mixed. Some said their partners were unhelpful, accounting their symptoms for just regular “postnatal” feelings or just saying “I’m tired too.” Others were unsure of how to help but they tried the best they could. They often didn’t have the resources and struggled to cope. Other Mothers were more positive and said that they stopped working and helped with the baby, managed to bond and was extremely patient.
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