I’ve struggled with anxiety for my entire life. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, exhausted, and worried. Once I started working again after I had my daughter I felt my anxiety shoot through the roof. It felt like there was always a list of things to worry about and a never-ending list of things to do. Over my first few months back at work I slowly started finding ways to ease my anxiety and stress. I hope my ideas for anxiety relief for new moms can help you if you are struggling! Remember, sometimes we all just need a little extra help!
If at any moment you feel that you are feeling anxious or depressed and are thinking about hurting yourself or others be sure to reach out to your doctor and trusted loved ones. You are not alone. Remember the Suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255 is always open.
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Anxiety Relief for New Moms Tip #1: Have a Routine
I talk about having a routine in blog posts a lot! I find that having a routine and knowing what to expect from my days makes all the difference. Having a routine gives you one less thing to worry about. You don’t have to prioritize tasks each day because you already know exactly what needs to be done that day. Running a household and a family is much like running a business! The more things you can put on autopilot the better off you will be.
Know which chores you do on which days. Don’t deviate. Stick to your plan. It will give you some control over your crazy life. Find a schedule that works and stick to it! If you would like to download my free ebook with some schedule templates you can grab it below!
Anxiety Relief for New Moms Tip #2: Have Rituals
Research has shown that the idea of having more control can help alleviate feelings of anxiety. A nighttime ritual is exactly that. Something that you can control every single night. Ending your day the same way each day can bring a lot of peace and serenity to your life.
I have a nighttime ritual that I very rarely deviate from. I look forward to my nighttime routine because I find it extremely soothing and calming. As soon as my day’s tasks are complete I head to my bedroom to begin the nighttime routine.
I first set the tone in my room for relaxation. I close the curtains, drop a few essential oils into my diffuser and turn on some dim lighting. I make sure that my clothes are laid out for the next day and that everything in our bedroom is put away so that the room looks nice and neat.
Next, I take a shower, brush my teeth, moisturize and do all the things. Once I am squeaky clean and relaxed, I crawl into bed to either read or watch a show. After about 20 minutes of either reading or watching TV, I am suddenly so tired that I fall asleep with very little effort.
This is huge for me! I used to have such a hard time falling asleep because I was spending so much time worrying!
This little bedtime ritual requires very little effort. It’s simple, to the point, and incorporates most of the things I need to do at bedtime anyway! But I have found that adding in a few little tweaks here and there have made it rock solid.
Curious if I do something similar with my daughter? You betcha! Read about my daughter’s Rock Solid Bedtime Routine!
A note on essentials oils: essential oils fall into a similar category as a ritual for me. I find something very soothing and calming with just the act of rolling on oils or choosing oils for the diffuser. Read my thoughts on essential oils here.
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Anxiety Relief for New Moms Tip #3 Meditate
Taking time to meditate has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety!
Finding time to meditate has been a game changer for me! I find that taking a few minutes to check out and focus on finding peace during my hectic life makes all the difference. There are so many great free meditation apps and free meditation videos on Youtube. You will definitely be able to find one that fits your time and needs.
I really like the Simple Habit app. It has really short 1-5 minute meditations focused on what you need. You can select the duration between 5 minutes (or less) all the way up to an hour. My favorite feature is that you can use the filter to pick the meditation that is right for you at that moment whether it is helping to calm your racing heart, trying to fall asleep, anxious about the day, or even a meditation to go with drinking a cup of coffee.
Anxiety Relief for New Moms Tip #4: Exercise
We are told time and time again that exercise can help lessen anxiety. We all know it’s true. Just do it. It doesn’t have to be anything big like training for a marathon. Just take the baby and dog for a walk around the block.
It will help. I promise.
Anxiety Relief for New Moms Tip #5: Try to Live in the Moment
This is by far the hardest thing to do. But try to live in the moment. Soak up those precious seconds. Your babies will only be little for so long. Enjoy their sweet smiles, first steps, and precious giggles.
There you have it! 5 tips to help lessen your worry and anxiety as a mom! Do you have any tips for other moms out there? I would love to read them!
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