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Ways to reduce stress as a new mom

You are not alone if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or anxious as a new mom. Your hormones are out of whack, your sleep is disrupted, and the challenges of caring for an infant can be overwhelming.  With all that's going on in your life, it's easy to feel disconnected from the world around you. But know that there are things you can do to help manage stress, anxiety and depression as a new mom! These tips will give some ideas for how to ease back into daily life with your new baby without feeling so stressed out by it all.

1. Take time for yourself - it's important to take care of you and your mental health

If you're a mom, I'm sure at some point you've felt overwhelmed and stressed. You may have even cried for no reason or had an anxiety attack. It's not your fault - it's the hormones!  Here are some tips on how to find time for yourself: - Plan for downtime by writing down your kids' activities and what you'll be doing with them throughout the week. This way, if one day doesn't go according to plan (i.e., there's a snowstorm), then at least you have an idea of what else is going on in their lives and can make adjustments accordingly. - Figure out which things don't really matter too much (like grocery shopping) and delegate those tasks to someone else so that you can focus on other.

2. Seek out support from friends, family members, or a counselor

I'm a mother of two, and I have been there too. You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed with the demands of being a mom. If you are struggling to balance all that life throws at you, it is important to seek out support from friends, family members, or even a counselor. It may be difficult to reach out for help but remember that your mental health matters too!

3. Practice mindfulness at least once per day - focus on the present moment and try not to worry about things that haven't happened yet

I know it is hard, but try to take a deep breath and be present in this moment. You are not your thoughts or feelings. Thoughts and feelings come and go but you are the observer of them all. Practicing mindfulness can help you get through anything that comes your way so don't worry about things that haven't happened yet!
As parents we often find ourselves worrying about what our kids will do when they grow up, or regretting parenting decisions we made in the past. These regrets may cause us to fear for our children's future which leads to anxiety over their well-being as adults. There are many ways to practice mindfulness; one of my favorite techniques is walking meditation because it helps me stay present with myself without getting lost

4. Exercise regularly - even if it's just walking around the block with the stroller

Exercise is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle for mom and baby.  Whether it's working out at the gym, taking a brisk walk around the block with your stroller or just doing some yoga poses in your living room, take time each day to move so you feel good and stay healthy.

5. Learn how to say "no" when people ask you for favors or special treatment

"You're a mom. You've got your hands full with kids and work and housework and errands—in other words, you don't have time to do anything else! But people keep asking for special favors from you: 'Can you pick up my dry cleaning?' or 'Can I get a ride to the airport?' or even, 'Would you like me to cook dinner for the whole family tonight?'"
"As much as we want to say yes when someone asks us something nice of us, sometimes it's necessary to say no.

t's not always easy to say no when someone is making a request of us. But like most things in life, it can be learned. Here are some tips on how to say "no" politely and effectively:
a) Be prepared with an excuse or plan ahead; b) Offer alternatives (like giving them your contact info); c) End the conversation by telling them you're busy; d) Say yes instead (but only if it's something you really want to do).

6. Make sure your partner is also taking care of himself/herself so he can be there for you during this time as well .

It can be hard to have a baby when you're pregnant and/or caring for an infant. It is important that your partner knows what the two of you need in order to make sure he or she can be there for both of you.  What do we need?  For one, we need time together where we are not interrupted by our children. We also need help with housework and errands so we don't feel like we never get away from it all! Lastly, if possible, try to arrange some date nights even if they're just 30 minutes each week. A little bit goes a long way!

7.Eat right - eat healthy foods that give you energy and make you feel good about yourself 

It's been a while since you've had time to cook, eat healthy, or even drink water. As a new mom the last thing you need is an upset stomach from eating too much processed food and sugar. If this sounds like you then it's time to try some of these easy recipes that will give your body the nutrients it needs without sacrificing taste.
a-Oatmeal with apple and cinnamon: This delicious treat can be made in just three minutes. It gives your body protein, fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamin C all in one bowl! The oatmeal also provides long lasting energy which will help keep up with those late night feedings!

b-Peanut butter sandwich: A classic for anyone who has ever been hungry before


8-Reward yourself with something special when you complete tasks on your list 

I bet you have a list of things to do each day. When you take care of those tasks, sometimes it's nice to reward yourself with something special. Here are some ideas for rewards that I think might work for moms:
-go out for dinner and drinks with friends
-take a long bath or shower
-watch your favorite TV show or movie on the couch while eating ice cream or popcorn


Conclusion paragraph: As a new mom, you may find yourself struggling with the physical and emotional changes that come along with this exciting time in your life. Managing stress, anxiety or depression can be difficult when faced with these challenges as well as sleepless nights and constant demands from an infant. However, there are some things you can do to help relieve symptoms of post-partum mood disorders such as panic attacks, obsessive thoughts about worrying about the baby’s health or worries that something terrible is going to happen at any moment. In addition to talking therapy for mothers who have been diagnosed with PPD (post-partum depression), herbal remedies like Calmamama organic calm drops might also offer relief by promoting feelings of wellness and relaxation during those first months of this beautiful and difficult journey.