10 Ways I Battled My New Mom Anxiety
Anxiety is no joke. The amount of times per week that I have to talk myself back down from a panic cannot be counted on one hand, let alone two. Everything about motherhood is extra. Extra stressful. Extra tiring. Extra overwhelming. Extra scary. You get it. Super e-x-t-r-a. All. The. Time.
I am an extra positive person as well. The extras extend to the “cup-half-full” side of me, but it takes work. So in preparing for my role as a new mom, I knew it was going to take some full-fledged mental gymnastics to keep my head in the game. Here are the top 10 ways that I coped with my anxieties as a new mom and kept the extra in check.
Prep for 6-8 weeks of the most exciting exhausting time of your life! I remember when my milk came in I was all of a sudden filled with so much anxiety that was a mix of all things positive and scary at the same time: overwhelming love; hate for the world in its current state; worry that I was doing everything wrong; and the big one…sorrow so deep over the loss of my independence. Yep. That was a big, fat, guilt-inducing emotion! I asked for hugs from my husband often during that time, and they actually worked. Brace yourself for the initial 6-8 weeks, knowing that this is going to be a huge transition hormonally, emotionally, physically, and psychologically.
Don’t even try to do all the things. I mean it. Just STAHP. Seriously, that is why people offer to help. If you are blessed enough to have a support system, utilize them! I had to remind myself often that as long as the baby is comfortable and cared for with love, she will survive! And most importantly, you will too. I would only allow myself to have one to two items on my to-do list each day. And most of the time, those two things were to shower and drink all the waters. Allow yourself the time and space to heal and take in every moment. And don’t let the anxiety of unanswered text messages and missed phone calls get to you. Everyone can wait. No text response is worth stressing yourself out about. I had to fight this urge every time I received communication via text or social media. Everyone can wait for pictures. They are just going to keep asking for more anyway.
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