March 08, 2015

5 Ways to Reduce New Mom Stress

5 Ways to Reduce New Mom Stress
Being a new mom, there are a lot of different sources of stress that you can encounter. I find myself feeling more stress and anxiety than ever. It is hard balancing working full-time, my blog, taking care of my house, my marriage and of course, being a mom. I am so happy being a mom but I find it hard to relax a lot of times which is part of my personality. There is always something to do and a lot of parenting is guessing what is best and hoping that you are making the right decision. It is very important to relax though and de-stress to feel your best.

Here are some of my tips for reducing new mom stress:
1. Research ahead of time- The second your baby is born, you are suddenly a mom. For me, the though that after a couple days in the hospital, this baby was all mine to take care of was kind of crazy. Therefore, it helps to be as prepared as possible. I read lots of books and articles on how to care for a baby, best products, breastfeeding tips and more. Some favorites included pregnancy magazine, parenting magazines, the What to Expect books and Babywise. A lot of things with parenting come natural but it does help a lot to read helpful tips from experts and seasoned moms before baby is born.

Took a few minutes to finally blow-dry my hair and get dressed up. Makes a world of difference!

2. Take time for yourself- Sometimes, when it seems like life is go, go, go, it can get pretty stressful. Take a little time to yourself to exercise, take a shower, get dressed in something other than pajamas. This can help you to feel your best and for me at least, helps to reduce my stress.

3. Seek out the help of experienced moms- I have a few friends who have recently had babies and they are a great source of advice. My neighbor has 3 little girls and I have texted her a few times feeling a little crazed and wanting advice. Find someone who has been through the baby stage and that you can look to for advice. No one can understand what you are going through better than another mom.

4. Enlist the help of others- As a new mom, I have relied on other people a lot to help me reduce my stress. My number one person to talk to about everything is my husband Troy. We problem solve together for anything to do with the baby. We spend time together talking about our days. Also, Troy is an awesome help when it comes to taking care of Adalyn, especially when she is fussy. He has some kind of magic touch that no one else has. I could not do it without him!

Also, my family has been a wonderful support. My mom helps give tips for when I am stressed about something which helps a lot. For example, I was worried that Adalyn's cheeks were red after she eats for about 1/2 hour and my mom reassured me that the same thing used to happen to us when we were babies.

No matter who it is, it is important to have someone to talk to about your worries as a new mom. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child and it is very true.

5. Take care of yourself- I believe that in order to take care of your baby to the best of your ability, you also need to take care of yourself. This includes eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. I notice that when I skimp on any of these, I feel more stressed out and do not feel my best.

I recently purchased RESCUE pastilles which can be found at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Sprouts. I found these at my local CVS for less than $9.00. This is a chewy lozenge that can help with natural stress relief. They also come in the form of liquid melts and pearls. Print your coupon for RESCUE products here.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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