New parent anxiety is very common. From the perspective of the mother or the father, a baby being born into the world means that now you’ve got a lot more responsibility on your plate. Therefore, there’s a lot for you to consider, and this overwhelming nature of demands being placed on you could make you feel anxious. So what can we do to minimize this sense of “new parent anxiety?”
Look at the Real Roots of Your Anxieties
We can struggle to get to sleep at night even though the baby is sound asleep! Every parent will tell you that they have gone to check if the baby is breathing, and in doing so, have disturbed them, woke them up, resulting in everyone being awake for the next 6 to 7 hours! If this sounds familiar, one of the best things you can do is to have an incredibly sensitive baby monitor. But it’s not just about getting a baby monitor that plays audio, you could get one of Babysense’s video baby monitors so you have sound and vision. If there are these little anxieties, you have to remember that it’s not just you experiencing them. But when you pinpoint the root cause you’ll be surprised that there are plenty of things you can do to offset these worries.
Using the Right Relaxation Techniques
If you’ve pinpointed the root causes of your anxieties, but you still feel those symptoms of stress, you have to remember that anxiety is manifesting itself in specific symptoms. If you feel your heart racing, you can actually slow your heart rate down by breathing out longer than you would breathe. There is a new breathing technique discovered called the “physiological sigh,” where you do a double inhale and a longer exhale to calm yourself down. There are also apps that can help by hypnotizing you. But hypnotizing is not very productive when you are trying to look after a baby, but there is an app called Reveri that plays very short daily hypnosis sessions that only last a minute. When the baby has gone down for their nap, you’ve got one minute to do this, and it will make a big difference to your mindset, especially when you feel so tired. Turn this into a habit, and it will make a massive difference.
You Will Only Have These Moments Once
Sometimes the baby is asleep, but our mind is still racing, and it’s at these moments that we are left alone with our thoughts, and wonder if we can be more than a mom ever again, but parental anxiety can change as the child gets older. It’s just that this sensation is so new that everything has changed. Now is the perfect time to remember that you will only experience these precious moments with your baby once.
Anxiety is not easy to deal with, especially at the moment. However, remember that if you can find the root cause, calm the physiological symptoms, and remember that you need to be in the moment with your child, this three-pillared approach should make a big difference.