Emotional and Physical Support for Parents

Posted on 12. Dec, 2011 by in Birth, newborn, Pregnancy Education

It’s easy to forget yourself when there’s a newborn present. But that doesn’t mean that you should.

It’s important for you and your partner to bond and spend time with your new baby, but it’s also important that the both of you don’t forget to take care of yourselves as well as each other.

Need some easy ways to do that? I’ve got you covered, read on.

Friends and Family

These two bodies of people are fantastic for finding yourself again. Whether you use them for babysitting or talking things through — their genuine love, support, and guidance can do wonders for your mental, emotional, and physical composure.

Perhaps all that’s needed is for you or your partner to have a night-in with some friends. This could encompass sitting on the couch drinking a mug of hot chocolate while talking about what it’s like being a new parent.

Maybe you leave your baby with your parents and take yourself to the salon for a pedicure. Or you stay home and your friends or family come to you and help with dinner or even laundry.

Find your happy medium and utilize your friends and family for what they do best; provide a helping hand when times get tough.

Professional Support

Sometimes we need more help than we thought to help us work through this new life with our baby, and that’s fine.

If you are feeling too overwhelmed, depressed, stressed, or anxious, then it may just be time to seek out the professional advice and guidance from a mental health provider, your doctor, or a postpartum specialist.

There’s no need to try and find superhuman strength or be embarrassed because you don’t possess it. Ask for help and you shall receive it.

Support Groups and Mom Clubs

There’s a ton of these kinds of activities all around you and most of them are free. Do a Google search to see what’s available in your area.

To get you started try:

Take Time for Yourself

Solitude is sacred, trust me. You may not always enjoy being alone but it’s healthy to reconnect with yourself.

Try squeezing some ‘me time’ in by taking turns with your partner on who watches the baby for a few hours. While you are free head to the mall, go to the salon, even taking a yoga class alone will do wonders in recharging your spirit.

If switching off with your partner isn’t an option, then maybe a friend or family member can babysit.

Focusing on yourself can help you feel more enabled to handle the demands of parenting.

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About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.

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