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TOP WAYS TO HANDLE NEW BABY STRESS

Updated: Nov 14, 2022



Introduction

Congratulations! You’re having a baby. Or maybe you’re already a parent with another child on the way. Either way, I imagine that you and your partner are excited to start this new journey together—and maybe also feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the life changes ahead of you. With all of that excitement comes some stress, too! If your partner is anything like mine was in those first few months after we brought our baby home from the hospital, they might be doing everything they can just to keep up with their new responsibilities while still being present as much as possible for their newborn baby. As someone who has been through it myself, here are some things I learned along the way that helped us both stay calm during this time:


Take time to care for yourself.

It's important to take care of yourself and not neglect your own needs. You don't have to feel guilty about doing things for yourself and you don't have to do it all at once. Take small steps, but try your best not to feel like you're failing if you can't get everything done perfectly.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, try taking deep breaths or meditating for a few minutes each day (the app Headspace is a great place to start). If possible, leave work early one day per week so that you can spend time with your new family member without worrying about getting back on schedule. Or go out with friends after work instead of taking care of household chores or running errands during this time; spending some "me" time will help reenergize both physically and mentally before tackling another busy day at home and work.

Look at the big picture.

Look at the big picture.

  • Take a step back and think about the long term goals and benefits of your actions.

  • Think about how this short period of stress will improve your life in the future.

When you're stressed out, it's easy to get caught up in the moment. But taking a look at the big picture can help you regain perspective on what's really important. The first step is to realize that this period of stress will end, whether it takes days or weeks.

Once you've realized that it won't last forever, take a look at the long term goals and benefits of your actions. For example, if you're worried about getting a good night's sleep with all this stress, think about how this short period of time will improve your life in the future. You might be tired now, but once you get through this rough patch, you'll be well-rested and ready to tackle anything!

Make self-care a priority.

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to remember that self-care is a priority. If you don't make time for yourself during this stressful time, there's no way you can be your best self for your baby or partner. Self-care can include everything from daily naps to yoga classes to meditation apps on your phone. Whatever works for you! Just remember that it's okay if some days are busier than others; don't beat yourself up if you need to skip a workout or take an extra long bath once in awhile. The most important thing is that you stay healthy and happy so that when the baby arrives, he or she has a happy mommy by his side too!

And, when all else fails, don't forget about the magic of music! Listening to soothing tunes on repeat has been proven to reduce stress levels in both moms and babies. So if you're feeling overwhelmed by all things motherhood related (or just life in general), try turning on some tunes that bring back good memories or just make you feel happy.


Acknowledge your needs.

When you're stressed out, it can be difficult to acknowledge your needs. You might not want to admit that you are suffering from a great deal of anxiety and discomfort. Your partner may also not realize how much stress they are experiencing. This creates a negative feedback loop where the two of you try to ignore the issue and hope it goes away on its own.

When things get tough in life, we often push ourselves beyond our breaking point because we think we should be able to handle everything perfectly on our own. But when something does break—when we start feeling overwhelmed by all the stressors in our lives—it's important for both partners to recognize their limits so they don't try to do more than is healthy or reasonable for them individually (or as a couple). After all, this isn't just about surviving: It's also about thriving!

Educate yourself.

  • Educate yourself. There are so many resources out there to help you learn about babies. You can read books, websites and blogs. Talk to friends and family who have had babies in the past; they will be able to share their own experiences with you as well as give advice on what worked best for them. If you have a doctor that you trust, ask them any questions that come up during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. YouTube has thousands of videos on everything from breastfeeding techniques to how long it takes for an umbilical cord stump to fall off! It's also good practice for those sleepless nights when you don't know what else there is to do but watch videos online until the sun comes up again! If there's anything specific about caring for your baby that makes sense only at 3am after a long night spent staring into space with nothing but exhaustion on your mind—like whether or not it's okay if my 2-month old bites me while he nurses—Google it! Feeling overwhelmed? Take a deep breath and ask someone close by (preferably someone who knows something about children) if they could help out just this once by changing diapers or feeding bottles while I rest my eyes for five minutes before breakfast time arrives tomorrow morning."

Find a good support group.

As you probably know, having a baby is a big deal. You've got to plan for the birth and then take care of the baby afterwards. Of course, there's so much information out there on how to do this that it can be overwhelming. But don't worry—we've got some tips for you!

The first thing you should do is find yourself a good support group. There are many different kinds of support groups available today, so you're sure to find one that fits your needs and lifestyle. If your local area doesn't have any suitable options available locally, don't worry: there are plenty of online discussion forums where moms can gather together and share their experiences with one another without ever leaving their homes (and without spending any money). And if all else fails? Just get together with some other moms in person! Meeting up with friends in real life will definitely help reduce stress levels during those first few weeks when everything seems uncertain and new.


Understand your partner’s parenting style.

  • Understand your partner’s parenting style.

Whether you're a first-time parent or have had children in the past, having a baby can be an extremely stressful time for everyone involved. One of the most important things you can do to help make this time less stressful is to understand your partner's parenting style. This can be difficult if you are not used to observing your spouse out of the house with other people, but there are some signs that may indicate their personality type and preferences when it comes to raising children:

  • How they interact with other parents: Do they want to know what other parents think about how they are raising their child? Are they interested in learning new things from them? If so, then it might be helpful for both parties involved (you and your partner) if someone offered suggestions about how best handle certain situations without having to ask first hand which may lead into an argument later on down the road!

Take time to be together outside of the house.

  • Take time to be together outside of the house.

  • Do something that you both enjoy together, like a movie or dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Talk about how you’re feeling as a family, and listen carefully to each other (without interrupting!).

  • Laugh together! Nothing makes me feel better than laughing with my husband in our cozy living room while taking care of our new baby girl.

Understanding your partner's parenting style can help you to understand their motivations, and why they do things the way they do. If you can understand where your spouse is coming from when it comes time for certain decisions about raising kids, then it will make it easier for them to be open with how they feel about those choicesOne of the best things you can do for your new baby is to give him or her lots of attention. Talk to your little one, hug and kiss them often, read books together—whatever it is that makes you feel close as a family..

Make time for friends.

Make time for friends

Your mom, dad and in-laws are a great support system, but you also need your friends. They can help you get out of the house and have some fun. When you're feeling overwhelmed with all the new responsibilities, it's easy to isolate yourself at home with your baby. But spending time with other people will give you a chance to talk about how things are going — or just complain! It's important to have someone who understands what you're going through listen while they offer sympathy and encouragement. Plus if they've recently had a baby too, they'll understand when it comes time for them to take over some of those responsibilities while their partner goes out on date night!

If you're a new mom and feel like you need help, reach out to your friends. They've been there before and understand how difficult the first year can be. They'll help you navigate through all those tough decisions so that one day soon, things will start getting easier.


Listen to your body.

  • Listen to your body.

When you're tired, take a nap. When you're hungry, eat something. When there is something on your mind that needs to be addressed, talk about it with someone who can help or who cares about what's happening in your life. If there are feelings of sadness or uncertainty within yourself and around others, listen carefully and try not to let those emotions fester inside of you. Anger is another emotion that many new parents experience—it may be directed towards the baby or even other members of the family—and while it may feel like an unpleasant emotion at first, simply acknowledging its presence can be very helpful in gaining control over any potential issues arising from this feeling.*

New baby stress can be overwhelming but its OK to take care of yourself too not just baby

You've probably heard that it's important to take care of yourself when you have a new baby, but what does that mean? What would it look like if you were taking care of yourself?

The first place to start is by asking for help from others in your life. Whether you're asking for more sleep or some time off from work, reaching out to other people will provide you with the opportunity to lessen your own stress level. This can be difficult for some parents because they feel like they should be able to handle everything on their own without assistance. However, when we're in the thick of parenting a new child (or children), sometimes we need others around us providing support and encouragement during this challenging time in our lives.

Conclusion

It’s okay to have a hard time adjusting to the new baby. Your emotions are running wild, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed in this situation. Don't let that stop you from doing what's best for your family, though! When we're stressed out, our bodies produce less of the hormone cortisol which helps us focus on the task at hand (like taking care of ourselves). That's why it's so important not only manage your stress response but also support yourself with self-care practices such as yoga or meditation.

Takeaways from this post:

  • You're not alone if you feel overwhelmed by raising a new baby!

  • The best way to handle stress is by being kind to yourself and focusing on self-care practices like exercise or yoga.


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