Moms understand the feeling of waking up to a messy house, screaming kids, and the constant overload of obligations that never seem to end. The fact that Moms never question the fundamental truth of love for their children and their role as caretakers and influencers for the family is truly the essence of being human and something to admire and celebrate. Motherhood is a beautiful experience, but it can also be a challenging one.
One reality is the recognition that the tasks of being a Mom have and will continue to take a great toll on mental health and well-being. This is especially true in today’s world, where moms have to be the consummate multi-tasker, with little time for self-care and nourishment of their mind, body, and spirit.
One should never squander self-care in the face of responsibility. Let’s learn how mothers can tend to their mental health and how we can help!
Motherhood and Mental Health
Mental stressors affect everyone a little bit differently. For a lot of moms, though, there are some similarities. Studies show that around one in seven women experience postpartum depression, and the demands of motherhood can also lead to anxiety and other mental health issues.
For many moms, mental health and self-care are put on the back burner. Children, the house, and finances probably come first, right? They did for my friend, Darla. Darla is a new mother who hasn’t had a chance to find time for herself.
“It gets harder the more I put off me-time,” she told me during a momentary quiet moment in the house. Darla has told me she doesn’t regret becoming a mother, but some days are harder than others. Sometimes, she just needed to vent or nap. There is more to self-care than taking a simple break, though. Let’s see some ways to aid your mental health that worked for Darla.
Self-Care for the Busy Mom
Moms must prioritize self-care to improve their mental health and overall well-being. Practicing self-care can be as simple as taking a few minutes daily to meditate, walk, or even take a bubble bath. Taking breaks from your routine can help you recharge and relax, so you’re better equipped to handle the stresses of being a mom.
Darla and I have started taking morning walks! Sometimes she brings along her little bundle of joy, but usually, it’s just the two of us, and it has done wonders for uplifting her mood. The routine of walking every day has also given her something to look forward to. Walking also has the added benefit of warding off diseases and keeping your body happy and healthy!
Another effective way to support your mental health is by joining a community of moms who understand what you’re going through. Being able to share experiences, ask for advice, and offer support can make a huge difference in your life as a mom. Look for mom groups on social media platforms like Facebook or search for local groups that meet up for activities and playdates. A robust support system can help you feel less isolated and offer much-needed emotional support when overwhelmed.
For moms struggling with postpartum depression, seeking professional help is vital. Treatment options include therapy and medication, and talking to a mental health professional can help moms work through the issues impacting their mental health.
In addition to seeking professional help and self-care practices, moms need to take breaks and allow others to help them. Sometimes it can feel like we have to do everything independently, but that isn’t true. Enlisting help from a spouse, friend, or family member can allow you to recharge and prioritize self-care. And when we care for ourselves, we can better care for our children.
Finding the Happy Medium
Moms need to practice self-care, seek help when needed, and find a supportive community to rely on. Remember that you’re not alone and that asking for help is okay. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your children, and it can make you a better, happier mom in the long run. Motherhood and mental health should go hand in hand!
Darla managed to find the happy medium, and all moms can take the same journey she did! Go for a walk or a run, sit outside with your favorite drink, or even take a few hours to refresh yourself. There are endless options for self-care. All you need to do is find the one that works best for you!
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Don’t stop there! We also offer amazing online and in-person classes, complimentary herbal and microdosing consultations, and an array of amazing educational content on our Youtube page. Happy Mother’s Day to all the hardworking moms we know and love!