Even if you were never anxious before you became a mom, being in charge of a small human flips a switch turning on all our worries, concerns and fears. And some of that is healthy, but too much of it can take over your life and that’s not good for anyone. So here are some ways to quiet your mom anxiety and help you cope with the stress of parenting.
- Don't read every parenting book - There’s way too much information out there so you’re better off only reading something that interests you and trusting your instincts.
- Write it down - Keep a journal to address your fears and how to conquer them.
- Take long, deep breaths - When you need to calm down ASAP, a few deep inhales and exhales can change your body’s energy in a hurry.
- Wipe "perfection" from your vocabulary - Nobody’s got time for that and you are already enough!
- Keep your space serene - Your environment has a big effect on your outlook, so keep the music calm, your voice low and the energy peaceful.
- Read your body's cues - Put down the coffee and drink more water, exhausted mama. Get outside for fresh air, vitamin D, and exercise. And try to get as much sleep as you can, but you don’t need us to tell you that!
- Make self-care a daily ritual - Prioritize taking care of yourself, even if that just means squeezing in a shower or finding 10 minutes to do yoga.
- Take up a hobby - Find something to help distract your mind and use your energy on instead of worrying. Take those tennis lessons you always wanted to or learn to knit or speak Italian, anything that makes you happy.
- Find your tribe - You’re not alone, it just feels like that sometimes. Look for a support system and feel the strength in numbers. Ask for help when you need it and take it when it’s offered. No one can do it alone!
- Organize your time - Write everything down so you feel more in control about the future and less anxious.