The Top 5 ways to deal with Anxiety and Motherhood
Anxiety is Real
If your reading this, you are probably all too familiar with anxiety and motherhood. Mom anxiety is real and it’s hardly ever talked about. As a Mom who dealt with anxiety, I know first hand how bad it can affect your ability to be a great mother and wife.
But, it is important to note that anxiety not only affects us as mothers it also affects our children. Seeing first hand, the state of your anxiety can be very unsettling to them. Children look to their parents on how to deal with difficult situations and if a mom is consistently anxious and stressed in certain situations it can lead to children adopting those same feelings.
So what do you do to help ensure that you don’t pass your anxiety onto your kids? First and foremost, the most important thing is to manage your own stress by executing strategies to help ensure that you do not pass your anxiety on to your kids.
I am going to give you my top 5 ways to deal with anxiety and motherhood that I learned from my therapist. By executing these strategies, you will learn to manage your stress and anxiety and be on your way to becoming a better you.
Top 5 Ways to Deal with Anxiety
1.) ASK FOR HELP
The first and most important tip, ASK FOR HELP! Although, as a mom, you feel that you have to get everything done, it doesn’t mean you have to do it all on your own. So solicit help from everyone and that means even the kids. Give your kids chores based on their age. It may not get done the right way the first time but that’s okay. Not only is this good practice for your patience but good practice for the kids as well. Eventually, they will be pros and you will no longer have to worry if it’s getting done right.
2.) PRACTICE SELF-CARE
Nothing is more important than self-care. Take some time for yourself, even if it’s only 5 minutes. You can’t handle stresses that come your way if you are mentally and physically exhausted. Feel your best by reminding yourself that you too are important. Check out my post on Self-care For the Tired and Weary Momma for tips and ideas on how to achieve this.
Recognizing that not everything is going to go perfect is a hard thing to do sometimes but it can be done. Accepting that the house is going to look like a tornado hit it sometimes, will lower your anxiety levels when you see a mess. Or knowing that the strict schedule that you were following is going to change will help you manage your stress when your whole day has been flipped upside down. But, most importantly acknowledging that your not perfect and your not superwoman will help you cope with days where your just too tired to do everything. It’s okay because guess what it will be there again tomorrow.
If there is anyone who understands what you’re going through, it’s going to be someone who is experiencing the same things you’re going through. The great thing about social media nowadays is you can find just about any type of group you want to. Find an online community of moms where you can ask questions and advice and not be judged. Find a support group through your church where you can practice your faith and healing together. Or see a therapist that can listen and offer advice at your most vulnerable moments.
5.) TAKE A HIATUS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is one of those things that if you aren’t careful, can leave you caught up in an unrealistic world. Let’s be honest, social media shows somewhat of an exaggerated lifestyle of others. We only see the really good because no one is going to post the really bad, I know I’m not. So, we get consumed in that “perfect” world and when things are not going okay for ourselves, we start comparing our lives to others and wishing things were different. So take a hiatus from social media because I can guarantee that social media will be there tomorrow.