As a mother of two young children, I’ve experienced postpartum anxiety alongside the joy of parenthood. It was a challenge for me to recognize that my anxious feelings were common and normal considering the extreme life shift.
I had a really hard time shaking off feelings of guilt and incredibly low self-worth that accompanied me during those early days as a new parent. Even though I knew logically that these emotions weren’t rational, it was still very challenging to work through them in the moment.
Seeking out professional help was an important part of my journey with postpartum anxiety - talking with someone who understood the challenges and could provide safe space to express what I was going through proved invaluable. A few simple tools for managing anxiety such as deep breathing and mindfulness meditation also made huge differences in how I coped on day-to-day basis.
Most importantly, recognizing that caring for myself meant helping everyone else around me was probably the most effective way to cope with postpartum anxiety. From recognizing when I need to take a break from the chaos to journaling about my feelings, making sure that I look after myself has been an essential part of my process. Without taking care of myself first, my children won’t have access to their already tired mommy at all!