Why It’s Important To Check On Your Mom Friend

I have to start by saying that being a Mother is both one of the hardest, but most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Did I mention it was the hardest?

Being a parent definitely isn’t easy. But at the end of every day, we get it done. Some days are easier than others.

I think every new mom goes through those times, where occasionally they might think, “How will I ever get through this?” or, “Am I even doing this right?”

I usually think this when Bruce is having a “no nap” day. Or is up all night teething, crying with pain at the top of his lungs. As a parent, I think those times hurt me emotionally more than it does him psychically, because I can only do so much to try to ease his suffering, and beat myself up more because I can’t just make it go away.

Not to mention those days, where even if the baby is happy and all smiles; you still may fall behind on chores and errands, and become so busy with other things, that stuff that you really need (or want) to do just isn’t accomplished. And stressing out about these things can really take a toll on you, both mentally and physically.

Shoot, even just a normal day can leave you exhausted and even feeling a bit down.

Postpartum depression affects an estimated 10-15% of new mothers (This is a number going off those who seek treatment). It is treatable, and important to know the signs and talk with your Doctor when you feel you may be experiencing it. However, I am not a doctor, so I won’t go into the details of the condition itself. Instead, what I do want to mention, is just how important it is that you connect with the Mother’s in your life and see how they are doing.

Call your friend who has just had a baby. Take her a hot meal, clean up the kitchen, run a load of laundry for her. Play with the baby while she gets a shower. Talk to her. When you’re cooped up with a newborn all day, you don’t get much adult interaction, and you need to be able to have a conversation outside the realm of dirty diapers.

This not only applies to mother’s or newborn’s, but all really, no matter what age of their children. Humans are social people, and sometimes we don’t even really know how much we require the interaction until we haven’t had any in awhile.

And like all habits, once you’ve fell into a routine of just taking care of the homefront and the littles, or even just working a job all day and then running the household at night – you become used to it. Reaching out for another adult to conversate with can be so out of the ordinary, that you never think of it, or even actively seek it.

But I think we need to start checking up on our friends and family who have children. Stop by the house and see what they need help with. Go out for coffee (or better yet, take them coffee!). Plan shopping trips. See how your friend is doing. 

Because the sad fact is, and the reason it fell on my heart to write this, is because some of our fellow mothers are suffering from this condition. And losing their battles.

And no, having coffee with a friend and discussing how the baby may have kept them up all night isn’t the end all cure for PPD…but it’s a start. Because first, we need to be able to talk. And realize that maybe something isn’t quite feeling okay with ourselves. We need to find someone to talk to…and listen.

A really good quote that I have found that I think applies well here, is that,

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

 
In other words, most of the time, people don’t ask “how are you doing?” to find out how your day is; it’s just a precursor to informing your of how their day is going.
 
My belief is that, as women and fellow Mothers, we need to check on our Mother friends to make sure they are ok. We need to help them. We need to listen. 
 
So check on a mom friend today. If she’s stressed with a chore list, go help her. Take some of the pressure off by eliminating an item off her to-do list. And have a conversation with her. By listening, instead of just talking. 
 
Because we all need support. And you just might save someone, someday.
 
If you suspect you might be feeling depressed, or someone you know might be suffering from Postpartum Depression, there is help. Check out Postpartum Progress for more.


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3 Reasons Self-Care Is Crucial For Moms

We have an awesome guest post, written by Lisa Benavidez, on the importance of Self-Care as a Mother. If you don’t take care of yourself, it really is hard to care for others. I really enjoyed this, as I hope you all will too. Don’t forget to check out her blog!

It’s 8 pm, you’re getting your kids ready for bed and preparing for tomorrow. You’re exhausted, glad the day is over, and trying to decide between enjoying some quiet time or going to sleep.

I get it. I’m a mom too!

We go and go all day for our family. From cooking to cleaning to driving around from soccer to ballet. Some of us work or have a business too. We are supermoms, there is no doubt.

But being supermom doesn’t mean you have to do it all, all the time. Being a real supermom means you know that you are an important part of your family and they really do need you. And part of your role is making sure YOU are taken care of so that you can take care of your family. Right?

You hear the airline video tell you to put on your oxygen mask FIRST before helping others. As a mom we might think “No way! I have to make sure my kids are ok first!” But really, this is so important. If something happens to you, who will be able to care for them?

And I know what it feels like to put your oxygen mask on last. A few years ago I got rheumatoid arthritis and started a whole new journey. I had to take a break from parenting because I physically could not do things. I quickly had to learn that my health was important. I had to take care of myself if I wanted to start taking care of my kids again.  You can read more about my story here.

What I want to share with you is how important self-care is especially for moms! Here are 3 reason why it’s crucial for moms to take care of themselves.

1. YOU CAN’T SERVE FROM AN EMPTY CUP. If you are not at your best, how are you giving your best to your family? Stop half-assing (sorry for the language!), and take care of yourself so you can be 100% for the people you love!

2. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET.  Self-care is NOT selfish! Taking care of YOU is taking care of your family. You are part of your family. And to be a little harsh, if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Flip the language mama…it’s ok to make sure you are taken care of!

3. MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO. Your kids are watching you. If you take the time to show you’re important and deserve to be happy and fulfilled, they learn to do the same. Teach them to love and care for themselves too!

And a bonus reason is that when you are taking care of yourself, you are a happier mom. When you are a happy mom your family feeds off that energy and is happier too!

So what will you do today to start taking better care of YOU?img_7885

Lisa Benavidez is a wife, mom of 3 girls, coffee fanatic, lover of life and a Happiness Coach for moms! She helps busy moms who struggle with finding the time to enjoy life and feel like they’re losing themselves in the process, to instead create balance and ditch the mom guilt by implementing clear boundaries and changing their mindset, so that they can finally step into the best version of themselves and live their dream life!

3 Reasons Self-Care Is Crucial For Mothers, and how you can take steps towards taking care of yourself, in order to care for your children