Motherhood and Mental Health

By Geralda Moise



It takes a lot to be a mother.  For starters your body changes and you become forgetful. Then, stress levels never seem to lower no matter what age your child is!  Let’s not even talk about how tired you become. But, even in the midst of being “Supermom”, it’s important to put just as much time and energy into YOU!

Here are a few things I have learned along the way to help keep a positive mental health while conquering being a mom. Check it out.

  1. GET SOME SLEEP!
    Trying to function off of two hours of sleep is not beneficial to you or your child. Find time for a quick nap on days that are less busy. If you’re still nursing, squeeze in a nap when the baby is asleep or when a loved one is near to care for them.
  2. CREATE ALONE MOMMY TIME!
    Whether it be a walk around the block or an hour-long bubble bath, be sure to make time for yourself on a weekly basis. Allow your mind and body the time to process the energy it takes to be a mom. A simple hour to yourself can give the boost you need to take on the day and minimize being overwhelmed.
  3. REMAIN ACTIVE!
    It’s so easy to forget your passion/hobbies. To keep an essence of who you were before motherhood, continue things that you enjoyed doing or begin something new that sparks your interest.
  4. DON’T SKIP OUT ON DATE NIGHT!
    As tired as you may be, date night will be great for the both of you.
  5. REMEMBER TO LAUGH!
    Laughter releases endorphins, boosts your immune system, relaxes your mind and body, and best of all BURNS CALORIES!
  6. EXPRESS YOURSELF!
    When there’s too much on your mind, don’t hesitate to speak your mind. Ask loved ones or professionals for advice when you feel stuck on a decision. Avoid harboring feelings and learn to release in healthy ways like journaling.
  7. ASK FOR HELP!
    This might be the hardest thing to do for most moms but it doubles as the most important. You cannot be everywhere, see everything and do everything. Do not hesitate to ask for help even if it’s the simplest task.