Are you a new mom struggling with stress? You're not alone. Research shows that many new mothers experience high levels of stress, especially during the first few months after giving birth. The sleep deprivation, physical changes, hormonal fluctuations, and the demands of caring for a newborn can all be major stressors.
One way to cope with this stress is to connect with other new moms. Joining a new mom's group or online community can provide you with support, advice, and a sense of community. You'll be able to share your experiences with other women who are going through the same thing, which can be incredibly validating and helpful.
Creating a daily routine can also help you feel more in control and reduce stress. Try to establish a regular sleep schedule, meal times, and nap times for your baby. And remember to be kind to yourself. You're doing the best you can, so give yourself grace and take things one day at a time.
Be kind to yourself: Remember that you're doing the best you can. Give yourself grace and take things one day at a time. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you're a new mom, so try to be patient and gentle with yourself.
Take advantage of any help that's available: It's important to get help, whether that's from family, friends, or professionals. If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for support. Even small gestures like taking a 20-minute bath or going for a walk can make a big difference.
It takes a village to raise children, and if you're having to do it alone, my hat is firmly off to you! But even if you don't have a village, it's still important to get help whenever you can and in whatever format you can. When I moved to Australia away from my whole network, got divorced, then years later re-married and had another baby, I felt the pressure. So trust me when I say it really does take a village! Lean on them and use the help whenever it's offered to you, even if it's just to have a nice 20-minute bath in some huge bubbles and meditate.
Here are some strategies that worked for me when I didn't have a village:
Meditate: Try meditating while feeding your baby or napping the little one. This can help you stay centered and calm during a busy day.
Get outside: Taking your baby for a walk (when you're physically ready) can be a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. Listen to a podcast or music that you love to make it even more enjoyable.
Say yes to opportunities for help: If someone offers to help, say yes! Whether it's a friend who wants to watch your baby for an hour or a family member who can bring you a meal, take advantage of any offers of assistance.
Nourish your body: Eating healthy, nourishing foods is essential for your physical and mental health. Make sure you're getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to help your body cope with the demands of motherhood.
Seek professional help if needed: If you're feeling completely overwhelmed and can't seem to get yourself into a positive mindset, it may be time to seek help from a professional. Ask your GP about services that may be available in your area, such as the Raphael Services or PANDA.org.au.
Remember, you're not alone. There are many other moms out there who are going through the same thing, and there are resources available to help you manage your stress and maintain your mental health. By taking care of yourself and reaching out for help when needed, you can navigate this exciting and challenging time with greater ease and confidence. You're a superstar! Take care of yourself and don't be afraid to ask for help.