You made it through the pregnancy, you’ve come home and you’re settling into a routine with your little one. Everything should be fine now, right? Wrong!
Being a new mom brings stress and anxiety like you never could have expected. But there’s no need to worry – here are some great tips you can do to manage your stress as a new mom.
Take Time to Exercise
We know what you’re thinking – you’re exhausted and stressed and we’re telling you to add another thing to your list? We get it, it’s hard. But exercise has a lot of residual benefits. It releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. It will also help you sleep better and will help treat your anxiety.
Take one of our exercise classes if you have time. We offer Mommy and Baby yoga classes, so you don’t even have to leave your little one. If you don’t have time to devote to a class, make it a priority to go for a walk with your little one or dance around your house for the duration of a song. Just make sure you are moving!
Include Your Child in the Things You Love
Just because you’re a mom, doesn’t mean you’re not still you. It’s hard to connect to your old self while realigning with your new identity but it is possible.
If you enjoy cooking, bring your baby in the kitchen while you cook. If you like running, put your baby in a runner’s stroller. If you love listening to music, share that love with your baby and listen to music together. There’s a whole world out there you have loved and lived in – begin introducing your baby to that world.
Ask for Help When You Need It
Whether it’s help from a family member, your partner or the Motherhood Center you don’t have to do this alone. We are proud to offer a wide variety of classes for support for new parents including breastfeeding support, nanny placement and doulas. It takes a village to raise a child and we’re here to help you build that village.
Set Healthy Boundaries
It’s okay to say “no” every once in a while. We know you love your in-laws, but it’s okay to set some rules about who can come over and when. If you have family that simply won’t listen when you say no – then ask them to help. Let them know they can come over, but you will need their help watching the baby while you take a moment for yourself. You don’t need to worry about entertaining family and caring for a baby.
Don’t Forget You are Allowed to Rest
You are a mom and you are allowed to rest. You don’t need anyone’s permission. If that means you don’t wash the dishes one night, that’s okay. Your baby needs you to be the best mom you can be and you can’t be your best self without a little rest.