Before you became a mother, you may have had some friends who already were mothers or other friends who were planning on starting a family soon. Isn’t it funny how now that you have a baby, no one is around ever? Ok maybe not ever, but it can feel that way when you’re sitting at home with your newborn, staring at the same 4 walls in your home again.
So what do you do to keep from feeling bored and lonely? Below are 5 essential things to do as a new mom which will help you to feel more connected to people and bring some sunshine to your day.
Have you noticed a theme? Getting outside and interacting with others is vital to your well-being as a new mom. Your baby requires so much of your energy and attention, and it can seem easier to stay at home and not add anything else to the day. However, when you stay at home all the time, you quickly become bored, lonely, and sometimes even depressed or anxious. Just going outside and changing your scenery can have a positive affect on your mood, as does exercise and socializing with other moms.
Try to do one of these essential things a day and see if you notice a difference in how you are feeling. If you find that you are struggling to leave your home or are feeling isolated, reach out for help. You can find providers specializing in postpartum issues here:
And support groups here: www.postpartum.net/get-help/locations/united-states/
Laura Winters, LCSW is a therapist specializing in infertility and prenatal/postpartum stress. Laura's practice is located in Chatham and Mountain Lakes, NJ.