This month’s issue is all about anxiety also happens to come during a month where mothers are most celebrated. As a mother and therapist, I know all too well the challenges that come with being a parent and dealing with anxiety. It can feel like an impossible juggling act, trying to balance the needs of your children with your own mental wellbeing. But rest assured, mama, there are strategies you can use to cope with anxiety and take care of yourself in the process. If you’re feeling some need for the anxiety that might come with parenthood, check out some tips below to get you started.

*Please note that if you are struggling with severe anxiety or other postpartum related mental health issues, please contact your mental health provider. If you are experiencing a mental health related crisis you can text HOME to 741741*

Make time for self-care:

It can be easy to put your own needs on the back burner when you’re a mom, but taking care of yourself can be essential to managing anxiety. If possible, set aside time each day to do something that nourishes your mind, body, and spirit. This can be something like taking a bubble bath, going for a walk, or meditating. If you’re interested in some guided meditations, check out our Shangri la shortcuts right here.

Connect with other parents:

You are not alone in your struggles, and talking to other moms who understand what you’re going through can be incredibly validating and empowering. Join a support group, reach out to friends who are also moms, or connect with other moms on social media.

Practice mindfulness:

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, without judgment. It can help you manage anxiety by reducing stress and increasing your sense of calm. As mentioned above, you can also try incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine, such as deep breathing, yoga, or mindful meditation.

Create a support network:

It’s important to have a network of people you can turn to when you need help or support. This could include family members, friends, neighbors, or a therapist. Having a support network in place can make all the difference when it comes to managing anxiety as a mother.

Set boundaries:

I have mentioned this before, but as a mom, it’s easy to feel like you have to do it all. But setting boundaries and saying no to things that don’t serve you or your family can help reduce stress and anxiety. Remember, it’s okay to prioritize your own needs and say no to things that don’t align with your values or goals.

Practice gratitude:

When anxiety is at an all-time high, it can be difficult to see the good in life. Practicing gratitude can help shift your focus from what’s going wrong to what’s going right. Try writing down three things you’re grateful for each day, or simply take a few minutes to reflect on the good in your life.

Remember, coping with anxiety as a mother is a journey, and there will be good days and bad days. But by implementing these strategies, you can help manage your anxiety and prioritize your own mental health, while also being the amazing mom that you are. You got this, mama! Wishing you a May filled with relief from anxiety, celebration and as always, Jubilance!

About the author

Becca is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who gives us her expert perspective on Emotional Health and Wellness. She holds an M.A in Education with an emphasis in Counseling as well as an M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University.  Each month she writes about mental health and how to feel your best!
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