Transition into Parenthood
Becoming a parent can be an extremely stressful time in a person’s life. Here are some helpful tips on preparing yourself for parenthood and coping with the stressors associated with having a child.
- Seek Support: There is pressure in our society to appear as though you have it all together. However, this pressure may lead you to become overwhelmed emotionally and to feel isolated. It is okay and normal to acknowledge you don’t have it together…none of us truly have it all together after becoming a parent. It is a messy and challenging time. Please reach out to those around you that are supportive and caring. If you have a lack of social or family support, it can be helpful to seek professional help from a therapist or join a support group for parents.
- Find time for yourself: While it can be tricky to find time for yourself, it is incredibly important!. This could be having your partner watch the baby for 30 minutes so you can take a bath, drive in the car by yourself, read a book or watch a 30-minute show. While it may seem fun to go shopping or get a manicure, these situations may cause you to become more stressed.
- Accept all the emotions that accompany parenthood: While you may feel happiness following the birth of your child, you may also experience frustration, crying, or sadness. It is normal to experience a range of emotions during this time and it is important to not fight these emotions. For instance, you can imagine your emotions as waves in the ocean. Rise up and down with your emotions and try not to fight them. And make sure to consult with a professional if you feel concerned that you may be experiencing a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.
- Be realistic with yourself: There are many people that may want to visit with the baby following the birth of your child or you may have things you want to do around the house or in the community. However, having a length to-do list or feeling as though you need to appease others may lead you to become overwhelmed and exhausted. Please be mindful to how you are feeling and set realistic goals. Take things slow following the birth of your child and give yourself time to adjust. There will be plenty of time I the future to visit with family and friends or clean the house.
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