After waiting nine long months you finally have met your little baby. IT’s crazy how someone this little can take up so much of your heart and time. Having a newborn is not an easy task since they rely on you for everything! Something that some moms experience is parental burnout.
Burnout is not just for new parents too it can be for parents who also have older kids as well. Experiencing burnout does not mean that you are a bad parent it just means you are tired. So keep reading to discover ten ways to help you avoid parental burnout with a newborn baby!
10 Get As Much Sleep As Possible
When you have a newborn you will quickly discover that they do not have a schedule and everything is on their time. This means for you late nights changing and feeding to make sure you are providing everything that your little one needs.
This can mean that you are now lacking in sleep and that is why you need to prioritize and take advantage of any time where you can rest. Not being able to sleep will make you experienced burnout fast since your body doesn't have the energy to be awake.
9 Focus On Your Mental Health
Having a baby and handling a newborn takes a toll on people’s mental health. Though you might not think you have time to focus on yourself you need to!
Some people like to journal or meditate to help them get a clear mind while others like to read or go for a walk. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself and your mind so you can be the best parent you can be and make sure to take some time out of your day to do something good for you and your mind.
8 Take It One Day At A Time
There are times when you are holding your little one and you can start daydreaming about what they will be like and what they will do when they get older. A lot of times a parent gets mental burnout is because they are not staying in the moment and they start thinking of things years down the road.
So don’t worry about what sport they will play when they are older or how you will help them make friends, right now all you need to focus on is helping your little one grow and develop.
7 Find A Mom Community
If you are the first of your friends to have a baby it can be hard to talk to them about parent things since they cannot relate. Don’t feel discouraged about connecting to people, instead find a mom community where you can connect to other people who are going through what you are.
Connecting with other moms can help you feel less alone and give you an outlet to go to when you are feeling down. So look online to see if you can find some mom community groups either through social media or some that meet up in an area that you live in.
6 Don’t Try To Learn Everything At Once
There can be times when after a woman has a baby all they want to do is feel like they will know everything there is to know about raising children. This can lead to someone reading books, articles, and watching news all about parenting all at once.
Though there is nothing wrong with wanting to reach up on parenting no one can learn everything about parenting in a week. Parenting is something that you figure out on the go so don’t feel pressure to learn everything right now.
5 Talk To Your Partner
Being a mother, you might feel pressure to do everything for your little one. You might think it is only your responsibility to get up at night to change or comfort your child, and then wake up earlier to be there for them too. But if you are raising a baby with a partner you need to talk to them about how they can help you.
Your partner might not know what is the best thing to do to support you and your newborn, but having an open conversation can help with any of these gray areas. So make sure you are not holding in how you are feeling and talk to your partner.
4 Laugh At The Small Things
Dealing with the lack of sleep and taking care of a newborn can put anyone on age. And it can even get to the point where the smallest thing happening can make you break down and start crying.
Instead of stressing you need to change your mindset and learn to laugh at the little things. This can be your little one throwing up after a feeding or forgetting to defrost dinner don;t take it all personal and realize that things happen in life. Accept these little bumps on life with a laugh and you will surely avoid burnout.
3 Don’t Compare Yourself
With the age of social media and those “picture perfect” moments that some mom share online it can make you feel like you are not doing enough. Even though you are giving it your everything, you might still feel disappointment since you are not like any other mom.
You need to realize that you alone cannot do everything by yourself and many times when you see those pictures it just because they moved a huge mess out of frame. Stop comparing yourself to others and just focus on being the best mom you can be.
2 Get Out Of The House
One of the best ways to help beat prenatal burnout is to get out of your house. We do not mean that we took your little one to a doctor's appointment or running an errand, what we mean is that you need to get out of the house without your newborn and do something for you.
This can be you getting your nails done, walking the mall or even catching a meal with friends. Getting out without your newborn will remind you that you are your own person and can refresh how you are feeling overall.
1 Ask For Help When You Need It
When you have a newborn you might want to be able to do it all. You want to take care of your little one, keep the house clean, and keep up with your social life. But you need to understand that a newborn is a lot of work and there might be times when you are going to need someone to help you.
Ask your partner, family, and friends and we know they will be honored that you reached out to them. Remember asking for help doesn’t make you weak it makes you a strong person for knowing you need help.