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Ways to deal with Anxiety During Pregnancy

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Ways to deal with Anxiety During Pregnancy

Ways to deal with Anxiety During Pregnancy

When women are pregnant, they go through a lot of changes. These changes can be physically and mentally. These changes can be challenging for women. Often times, it can create a sense of anxiety. Many mothers can feel lost or confused because they might not know how to deal with the transition that they are going through. It can be a hard transition to motherhood. There are a lot of things to consider now that they have a baby. Mothers should be able to take care of their children and also take care of their mental health. There are a variety of different coping mechanisms that mothers can rely on to manage their anxiety.

Some coping mechanisms are:

Self-care. It can frequently be forgotten even though it’s essential. Everyone needs to breathe and take some time to themselves so that they can recharge. Some forms of self-care can be meditating, yoga, or journaling. Anything that can make someone feel good about themselves.

Therapy. Often, mothers hold in things because they don’t want to bother those around them or don’t have a support system. All the thoughts and emotions can build up and make anxiety worse. Seeing a therapist can help the mother release all that build up. Talking about the things that are bothering her can help her understand where the anxiety comes from and manage them.

Stay active. Exercising daily can help the body release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins can make the body feel less pain. Exercise can decrease stress because there is a shift of focus from the mind to the exercises being done. Also, it helps with overall health and can be seen as a fun activity.

· Sleep. Being a mother can be challenging. They usually put others before themselves. They might try to do many things at once, which can interfere with their sleep schedule.

They can try to sleep at a reasonable time. Also, set up a time and try to sleep at that time every night. If that isn’t possible, they can try to nap whenever they feel like they need to take a break.

Build close relationships. Mothers might feel excluded from family and friends. They might think that because they have a child, they can’t participate in things like before. However, they can reach out to them to let them know how they feel. Have that communication that can bring everyone closer. Also, talking to new or experienced parents can make them feel understood and not alone.

If you want to seek professional help, you can contact Hopeful Beginnings for sessions at no cost. Social workers welcome any women who might have anxiety and help them find different ways to live healthier lives while maintaining control of their anxiety.

Please feel free to reach out to a counselor at Hopeful Beginnings. 847-870-8181

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