Motherhood is challenging, terrifying and exhausting – even in the best of times! And with the looming threat of the Covid-19 virus out there, this takes away a new mama’s freedom to engage with her immediate sources of support, find respite in the form of close friends and family, or even simply catch a break!
This increases a brand new mom’s potential to feel more isolated and therefore slip deeper into postpartum depression and have adverse effects on their mental health.
Here are a few ways for you to feel less alone:
- Maintain social contact with your loved ones through phone calls and video calls
- Join a few positive online communities or support groups for new parents
- Filter out content from your social media that trigger anxiety
- Seek professional help and guidance if you feel severely impacted mentally
What you must also remember is that taking care of yourself and staying positive is very important to your overall well-being as well as your mental health. Whenever possible, eat well, sleep or nap when the baby sleeps, try to relax and stay as active as you can – all of these things will help combat stress, lift mood, and also help with postpartum anxiety and depression. And there are other things you can do too that might help you maintain healthy parenting.
- Improve your confidence with parenting – spend time with your baby. Play, sing, dance, and even massage your little one once a day. These are simple but effective activities that help the baby develop their communication, thinking and physical skills. Through these interactions, new moms gain better insight into what their little one wants, and will also result in enhanced psychological health for moms as well.
- Be compassionate with yourself – When you have a newborn, it’s easy to be negative towards yourself or feel judged by others about your parenting skills. When things are difficult, and you feel alone, it is important to be compassionate with yourself in order to deal with any distress you may be feeling and adapt the way you think, feel and react in order to reduce or prevent it.
We know that these times are tough, but we urge you, please don’t struggle in silence and reach out for help if you need it.