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Did your OB ever mention Postnatal Anxiety at any of your pre or post baby appointments? Neither did mine, but it’s becoming quite common. Today I am sharing the surprising strategy that has helped many new moms find health and happiness again.
POSTNATAL ANXIETY VS. POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
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I clearly remember my midwife and OB going over the warning signs of “the baby blues” during my prenatal appointments.
Our pediatrician even did a great job of checking in with me at our infant checkups.
However, the common postpartum depression symptoms they asked me about:
- Lack of interest in the baby
Were not the symptoms I was experiencing.
Many new moms come to find themselves facing postnatal anxiety through a variety of different circumstances.
Through conversations with other moms who have experienced postnatal anxiety I discovered some common themes:
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Health problems during pregnancy
- Feeling unsettled about childcare after the baby is born
- Stress of returning to work
- Overwhelm of running a household on top of everything else
- No family nearby or network of support
Whatever the cause, moms are describing an overwhelming sense of worry that is completely consuming.
Other symptoms of postnatal anxiety include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Inability to stop racing thoughts or irrational worries
- Trouble sleeping
- Constantly feeling on edge or irritated
How Minimalism can help Moms Experiencing Postpartum Anxiety
The first thing that anyone who is experiencing symptoms of postpartum anxiety needs to do (after seeking medical advice) is to find ways to reduce stress.
A few ideas to relieve the pressures of motherhood might include:
- Try yoga or other forms of exercise
- Practice self-care
- Ask friends and family for what you need
- Help with childcare
- Someone to talk to
One surprising solution that is helping many mothers is minimalism.
Minimalism is the process of simplifying your life so that you can stop spending your time, energy and emotions on non-essential parts of your life.
The strategies of minimalism include simple steps like:
- Reduce Clutter
- Meal Plan
- Create a Capsule Wardrobe
So how can minimalism help moms to feel less anxious and overwhelmed?
- Minimalism with Kids; 5 Practical Steps to Make it Easy
- Clutter Free Home: 10 Crazy Simple Tips that will make a Huge Difference
8 Ways Minimalism Can Help
1. Less Stuff = Less Stress
When you have a lot of items in your house, and you are a busy mom it’s easy to feel stressed.
This is because all of that “stuff” needs to be cleaned, picked up, organized and maintained.
When you begin to declutter you allow yourself to focus your time and energy on only the items that are the most important or essential.
2. More time for rest
When you have less to do, clean and manage you have more time for self-care.
As a busy mom, rest is one of the most important steps we can take to restore our energy and increase our happiness.
3. Fewer distractions
If you already feel anxious, watching the news or a murder mystery isn’t going to help easy your concerns.
This is especially true if you are always checking your phone for social media and news updates.
Breaking the media habit will give you back precious moments to just sit and relax or to focus your energy on something that brings you joy.
4. Fewer decisions to make
The word “mom” could easily be exchanged with the title C.D.M – “Chief Decision Maker”
This includes deciding what to wear.
Add on the stress of clothing that does not fit the same as it did pre-baby and suddenly a closet full of clothes isn’t as much fun.
Instead, a capsule wardrobe is best. A small and carefully curated set of clothing that is practical and coordinates easily is the way to go. It also means less laundry to do. #momwin
5. Content Children
Research has shown that children with fewer toys are happier and more calm.
Start a toy rotation or reduce the number of toys your children have and they will feel less overwhelmed as well.
Happy kiddos = Happy Mama
6. Reduce financial stress
Over 70% of us report finances as a large source of stress.
As a new mom, money is the last thing you need to be worried about.
When you are only spending money on items that are essential, you will reduce your debt and start to live within your means.
7. No room for comparison
Minimalism allows you prioritize your family’s core values and beliefs.
When you know what it most important to you, there is less room for wishing you had what someone else has.
8. More time for you
It’s clear that minimalism creates freedom and space in your life for what is most important.
This will allow you to spend more time on activities that bring you joy.
With your new found time and energy you will be able to:
- Plan fun family activities
- Start an exercise routine
- Pick up a new or abandoned hobby
There you have it mama! 8 ways that minimalism can help you reduce the symptoms of postnatal anxiety.
The success I had with my trial run of minimalism inspired me to find other ways to simplify busy mom life and to share those tips with other moms through this site.
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