I know what you’re thinking—your child is incarcerated and I just asked if you are emotionally healthy… “Of course I’m not. At this point I’m not even sure what that looks like.”

I get it. When my daughter went to jail my emotions were all over the place, from angry, to confused, to scared and everything in between. It’s completely normal and understandable. AND it doesn’t have to stay this way. In fact, our emotions, even when seemingly out of control, help us to take action and survive.

Research shows that people who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and behavior, are able to handle life’s challenges, and recover from setbacks. So how exactly do you improve your emotional health after a blow as devastating as losing your child to the incarceration system?

The first step is to identify the current level of your emotional health. We found this great FREE online quiz that not only tells you where your emotions are now, it also provides some powerful tips and recommendation on how to move forward. CLICK HERE to start the quiz.

In the PWIC community we’re here to support and uplift one another and help hold each other accountable. After you get your results I encourage you to comment below and let us know one thing you plan to do this week to improve your emotional health. If you feel stuck, it’s ok to post that too and I’m sure another parent will gladly pop in with some ideas that may help.