You’ve Got This Mama

The first year of a baby’s life can be chaotic, stressful and simply exhausting. From the moment the baby enters the world many new moms (and dads) fear the unknown; if only they’d come with an instruction manual.

That first year is often filled with so many mixed emotions. Feelings of joy and elation can quickly be overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, loneliness, guilt and worthlessness. 

Many of the changes that a new parent faces during the first year of parenting can be especially challenging on their mental and physical health. 

While in the throes of all the chaos, stress and exhaustion we often forget how important it is to practice self-care in order to help cope with and manage our emotions better. Practicing self-care will help build much stronger connections with your baby and is the MOST important thing you can do for yourself in order to create a healthier environment for your baby to grow and thrive in.

Take one day at a time, or better yet, take one moment at a time. 

Get some fresh air; take walks. 

Nap or rest while baby is sleeping. 

Stay well nourished and hydrated. 

Write your feelings down in a journal. 

Practice relaxation and breathing exercises. 

Set healthy boundaries; learn to say no; the dirty dishes in the sink can wait, so too can the piles of unfolded laundry on the couch. 

Ask for help when you need it and talk about your overwhelm with someone who will listen and offer up support in a non-judgmental way. 

Stay connected with friends and family.

Join baby/parent groups in order to meet others who are going through similar experiences as you are.

@agentlereminderproject is here for you Mama. We have created new merch for all the moms (and dads) out there who may need a gentle reminder from time to time. Choose from..You’ve Got This Mama; You are stronger than you think Mama; Selfcare is not selfish Mama; Your mental health matters Mama; It’s okay to not be okay Mama; You are not alone Mama; Be kind to yourself Mama.

Onesies are available in a variety of colours with my signature/mantra “you are enough” on backside. 

Great gift idea. 

The word “Mama” can be swapped out for other terms of endearment (ie Dada). 

DM for purchase 

*if you are in emotional distress or in need of immediate help please text 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. Help is available 24/7*. 

#agentlereminderproject #agentlereminder #onesies #babies #youareenough #babysfirstyear #mentalhealth #mentalwellness #postpartum #youvegotthis #selfcare #yourmentalhealthmatters 

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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