Being a mother is learning about your strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. Having a baby can make you feel like an emotional train wreck. One minute you’re overjoyed and in love with your little one, and the next you’re breaking down in tears.
It’s normal to feel sad, worried and anxious, and utterly exhausted, it’s what’s known as the “baby blues.” But if you continue to feel this way for more than two or three weeks, you might have postpartum depression, a disorder which affects one in seven moms. All women can have postpartum depression, but women who have a history of anxiety or depression during pregnancy or at some point in their lives are more at risk.
Imagine a tree or plant in your yard somewhere. If it is not watered, fed with sunlight, and well cared for, it will easily be blown over in a storm. Our brains work the same way. With that in mind, here are 10 tips on how to both manage stress when it comes in uninvited and how to take care of yourself so that the stress doesn’t take over.
Aware of the change
Most of us, when life gets busy, speed right up along with it. We tend to push aside our needs when we are in periods of busy-ness and we end up making very little, if any, time for self-care. We forget to eat. We skip the exercise. We stay up later. We give up our rest, our breaks, our downtime because we feel like we have to in order to get things done. So at some point pause it and slow down yourself and take a time to schedule your daily activities. This helps you to simplify your busyness.
Your hormones are in full force during the third trimester, and after giving birth, your body is working to get them back to normal. So on a particular day if everything goes wrong and you want to broke out, just do it. It can reduce your postpartum depression to a larger extent.
Try out a good Sleep
With a new baby, sleeping for a solid block of time may sound like a dream, but it’s vital. Get help from your partner or another family member to acquire some time to sleep.
Perfection is not required all time
You may be a perfectionist before baby, but after a new little entry into your life. So you need OK with some clumsiness around you. This is the face where you are trying to learn motherhood, you can do one at a time.
Eat Healthy foods
Eating a balanced diet with food that will give you energy and avoiding alcohol and caffeine will help to keep you on an even keel.
It’s hard to move when you’re feeling blue, but the endorphin boost you get from a workout has been shown to ease depression, so head to the gym or go for a walk with your baby. Yoga is considered to be the best to deal with your postpartum stress.
Join a local mom’s group for support, arrange a play date or call a family member or friend to chat when you’re feeling down. Surround yourself with people who love you and not people who agitate you.
Share your emotions with your partner, try to lean on them. Go to a spa and get yourself a good massage which can give you a great relief.