4 Tips to Help New Moms Navigate Mental Health Issues

17-11-2021

Posted By: Envision2bWell

4 Tips to Help New Moms Navigate Mental Health Issues

4 Tips to Help New Moms Navigate Mental Health Issues

By  Olivia Daves, Guest Writer

 

Motherhood is undoubtedly a rewarding experience, but it’s also important to acknowledge that it’s a huge responsibility that can affect your mental health. Overwhelming responsibilities have caused 97% of mothers between the ages of 24 to 39 to feel burned out, according to motherhood lifestyle brand Motherly. Moreover, 30% of these full-time working mothers admitted that their primary cause of stress is childcare. And these moms also worry about the mental health and well-being of other family members.

While it’s natural to feel concerned for your loved ones, it’s also important that you look after your own well-being. So if you want to know how you can care for yourself, here are some tips that you can try.

 

4 Tips to Help New Moms Navigate Mental Health Issues

 

Adjust your expectations with yourself

Motherhood is a tough task that demands that you address your baby’s fundamental needs at this crucial life stage — all while juggling professional tasks and even household chores. However, you cannot expect to manage all these responsibilities without sacrificing your well-being. These unrealistic expectations can easily lead to frustration, self-judgment, and even depression. Knowing this, remember to go easy on yourself as you slowly adjust to this new stage in your life. Start by distancing yourself from these unrealistic
expectations that could be caused by your peers or social media. Most importantly, acknowledge which responsibilities you can handle by yourself and which ones you may need assistance with so that both you and your baby can get the best care possible.
 

Consult with health professionals

A number of health professionals can help you work through your concerns. If you are concerned about your family’s well-being, you can work with family nurse practitioners that have a DNP background. These practitioners are trained to provide counseling and wellness education, so they can help you and your child get to a healthier state. On the other hand, those struggling with marital issues can seek help from professionals with LMFT qualifications. As licensed marriage and family therapists, they can improve your mental health and well-being by addressing family dynamics. With the help of these professionals, you can actively work on the root causes of your mental health struggles while ensuring that your family is healthy.

 

Make time for self-care practices

Motherhood is a challenging responsibility, which is why you need to practice self-care whenever you can. Our article "Self-Care During Challenging Times" states that you can cater to your own needs in nine different ways. First and foremost, it’s essential that you practice mental health self-care and break mental cycles of worrying by taking a walk, practicing meditation, or even just napping. As a mother, you also need to practice emotional self-care by allowing yourself to feel your emotions without any judgment. Allow yourself to smile whenever your baby giggles, or to cry whenever motherhood gets stressful. Finally, practice relationship self-care by learning how to be kind to yourself. After all, small acts of self-love can teach you how to treat others better as well.

 

Mothers often struggle with their mental health due to the number of responsibilities they have to handle. But you can navigate mental health struggles by adjusting your expectations, seeking help from loved ones, consulting with health professionals, and caring for yourself.



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