New Mothers and Holiday StressDec 02, 2021
It can be stressful enough for new mothers to get sleep, manage company, breastfeed, and care for their newborn baby. When new motherhood coincides with Holiday season it can be extra stressful. There’s more company, shopping, cooking, and all those things we do for the Holidays.
Easy for me to say, “Just say no!” I’ve been there before and I know what it’s like. Adding to your plate in the early stages of motherhood isn’t the best thing for your overall well-being. I get that you want to be enjoying all the festivities, and you’re incorporating your baby into the mix. You want to be with family and friends to celebrate.
How about finding ways to decrease the stressors? We all need that. Even those of us without a newborn baby to care for. Especially during the Holidays.
There are many ways you can create down time, calm time, do nothing time. It’s up to you to commit to do this for yourself.
These are a few things you can do to decompress and re-energize. This can be just 15 minutes a day. If you have a postpartum doula, or someone to listen for the baby, you can perhaps relax a bit more when you engage in any of these activities.
- Take a nap
- Take a long shower
- Take a hot bath with candles and aromas
- Read a magazine
- Listen to music you love
- Take a walk in nature
- Watch a comedy show or movie
- Have dinner with your partner or a friend (when baby’s sleeping)
Stress is a silent killer. It will creep up on you in the form pain, mental anguish, or physical dis-ease. Those things are all symptoms. Your body, mind and spirit can only handle so much before it breaks down in some way to tell you to stop. And, your body, after giving birth, needs time to rejuvenate and heal.
Motherhood is a journey, and it’s a process to become comfortable with a new identity, and with having a tiny human be dependent on you for every need. You want to enjoy your baby, and your family.
You want to have some time for yourself to replenish because the consequences of not having this will affect all those around you, including your baby.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and needing a break, find a way to step back. Ask for support. Consider attending less Holiday parties, and functions. You have a great excuse to say no!! Use it for your own sanity. Save your energy for meeting the needs of your baby. This time is gone in an instant.
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