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How Do I Prioritize My Mental Health as a Mom?

How Do I Prioritize My Mental Health as a Mom?

If you are a mom, chances are you know that the role can be stressful. Between managing your mental health and taking care of your children, it’s easy to forget about yourself. However, prioritizing your mental health is just as important as making sure each child’s needs are met. 

Here are some tips for setting aside time to take care of yourself while being a mom.

Take Time to Rest

It’s normal for new moms to get less sleep than they did before having children. But even if your situation isn’t typical, getting enough rest is still crucial. You might need extra sleep during these first few months because of how much energy goes into caring for a newborn requires. Your body also needs extra time to recover from labor and delivery. You may have pain when moving around at first which makes falling asleep difficult too.

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health. When you’re tired, it’s harder to manage stress and stay organized, which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. Your energy level will drop, making it hard to keep up with everything else in your life. When you feel run down or stressed out all the time, it’s much more difficult to be patient and kind to those around you.

Set Boundaries

Setting boundaries is the first step to practicing self-care. You don’t have to say yes to everyone all the time. Being clear about what you can and cannot do will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

It’s okay to say no sometimes. We’re all human, and it’s natural for us to feel like we have to do everything in our power just to keep up with the demands of work, family, and life in general. But sometimes you’ll need a break from your responsibilities, whether it’s because you’re exhausted or just need some time out of the house.

When it comes down to it, if something seems like too big of a task or it’s going over your head, forget about it and focus on what matters most right now. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others later.

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure

You will make mistakes, and you can’t do everything. You should still set your standards high and strive for excellence in all areas of life. However, there are going to be things that don’t go as planned, so it’s okay not to be perfect. If things don’t always go your way, that’s okay. It’s okay if you fail sometimes. The next time something doesn’t work out, try another approach or find new people who can help you achieve your goals. Failure has a silver lining; it’s an opportunity for learning and growth.

Ask for Help

Asking for help is an important part of prioritizing your mental health as a mom. Letting others know you need their support and taking the initiative to ask them can be difficult. Especially if you’re the type of person that has always been self-sufficient or never wants to admit that they need help. However, remember that asking for help does not make you weak. It shows that you are human and have normal needs like everyone else.

It’s not uncommon for moms to feel like they have to do everything themselves because nobody else can do it as well as they can. This mindset only leads to burnout, frustration, resentment, exhaustion, low self-esteem, and more stress. If something is weighing heavily on your mind, someone else must know so someone can give their input, some options, or support without making any judgmental comments about how “you should just be able to handle it.” It may seem easier said than done at first but trying out different strategies until one stick could help get things back on track before they spiral out of control entirely.

Your Worth Is Not Dependent on Your Ability to Do Things Perfectly

As a mother, you are doing the best that you can. You have made mistakes, and you will make more in the future, but this does not mean that your worth as a mother is dependent on how well you do everything. Your children are not going to be perfect, either. They will make mistakes and struggle with things just like everyone else does.

It is easy for moms to put themselves down when things don’t go perfectly. But remember, just because something didn’t go perfectly doesn’t mean it wasn’t good enough or that it was wrong to try. Every day we learn new things about ourselves as parents. What works for us, and what doesn’t? What makes us happy? Where our limits lie and sometimes beyond those limits. We are always growing and changing as people. That includes becoming better mothers every single day.

As a mother, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things that need to be done and forget about your mental health. As we’ve discussed here, it’s important to take time for yourself and prioritize your own needs so that you can be the best parent you can be. If you are a mom or know of a mom that is struggling with prioritizing themselves as they venture through this new journey, please reach out to us so we can help her work through this. This is such a difficult time for new moms, but with a little bit of support and connection, you can thrive. Call Acera Health today at (949) 647-4090


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