There are many things you have to get ready when preparing for the birth of your baby. You have to think about things like the nursery and even the car seat. Another important that people overlook is preparing your body and mind.
When you take time to prepare mentally for the journey, you are going to keep depression and anxiety at bay.
Below are five tips that are going to help you.
Joining a support group
Loneliness and isolation can cause depression and anxiety. The daily routines of mealtimes, nap times, and bath times can feel isolating especially if you are spending a lot of time indoors. There are good ways of preventing anxiety and depression from creeping in.
When you have a community around you, it is going to provide you with solace and much-needed relief from the challenges that are going to come up as a new parent.
There are organizations out there providing support groups for mums. Speak to your doctor or midwife about groups near you.
Asking for help
You are going to juggle a lot of responsibility as a new mum and you will do that with little sleep. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed or even resentful when adjusting to the new role as a mother. It is important for every mum to know that it is okay for them to ask for help.
Reaching out to friends and family for advice. You can ask them to help you babysit so you can work on other chores. In addition you can reach out to Clarity Chi to speak to a professional.
When you ask for help, you are fending off feelings of anxiety and postnatal depression which will make it easier for you to deal with any stress that might come up.
Making time to exercise
This is a hard one because you barely have any time as a new mum. There are those who barely have time to shower. Exercise is something that is going to make you feel better.
It is going to take extra time each day and a lot of effort, going outside and taking a 30-minute walk in the fresh air is going to do a lot for your mental wellbeing. It is also going to be good for your physical healing.
You need to be careful because the last thing you want is to push yourself too much. Take a walk around the block because that is enough to increase your heart rate, clear your mind, and reduce stress and toxins.
Nourishing your body
The body needs protein and healthy nutrition to function properly. What most people don’t know is serotonin which is the body’s ‘feel-good hormone’ that comes from the food they eat. This is why you need to prioritize a well-balanced diet with a lot of proteins and water. This is going to help your body a lot.
When breastfeeding, it is important to make sure you drink enough water. Research has shown the link between anxiety and dehydration. You need to make sure you are drinking enough water if you are breastfeeding. Always keep a bottle of water close.
Reducing your stress
It is important to work on your stress because it is going to have a big impact on your mental health.
One of the most stressful things in the world is becoming a mum, whether it is the first time or the third time. it is normal to experience frustration, anxiety, or sadness when adjusting to a new life.
You need to do what you can to work on your stress so you can enjoy the new life without feeling anxious or depressed.
A good option is to focus on your breath, inhaling to the bottom of the lungs (this is referred to as diaphragmatic breathing). When the brain gets a lot of oxygen, they perform better, which changes the body’s response to stress.
There are many apps that can help you focus on breathing and thoughts to clear your head.
You need to invest time and effort in reducing stress because it is going to make a big difference. This is a good habit that you are going to maintain throughout your life – because stress is one of those things that is bound to come up at some point.