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How To Deal With Stress When You Have A Newborn?

Do you remember the amount of stress you had to go through when you were given a new responsibility at work?

It was a lot, right? Well, any new responsibility comes with a certain amount of stress.

Having a newborn is also a responsibility and a huge one at that. So, naturally, the parents tend to get stressed out when they have a newborn, be it their first or second.

Having an infant at home requires a whole lot of attention and care, and it takes up a lot of the new parents' time and energy.

Along with that, the parents might still be getting used to this new change in their lives, so everything added up can take a toll on them and further lead to stress.

The personal and financial responsibilities that come with having a brand new member in the family is no piece of cake, and the parents have to work extra hard at everything.

So, if you are a new parent, dealing with stress, here are some expert tips to help you through that, have a look.


Tip #1

During the first year of your newborn, try not to make any plans that might take up a lot of your time and energy like changing jobs, travelling, etc, this will only add to your stress.


Tip #2

Make a rough plan on how to schedule your work and other activities, after your baby is born, this saves time and also eliminates a lot of confusion and stress.


Tip #3

Keep a record or a log of your child's feeding, napping and changing times, this helps you be more organised and reduces baby care-related hassles.


Tip #4

You can consider getting a house-help or a cook to help you save time and energy, and also to spend time with the baby, especially during the first year, if taking care of everything alone is proving to be too hard for you.


Tip #5

When you feel like you can't handle the stress and pressure of having to raise a newborn, you can always vent it out to your partner, family or friends. Talking help from the family relieves stress to a great extent.


Tip #6

Try to squeeze in some time for yourself, wherein you can take a walk, exercise or meditate, or do anything that makes you happy. Spending quality time with yourself is equally important too.


Tip #7

Try to take turns with your partner or a family member, when it comes to taking care of the baby. Trying to do the whole thing by yourself can lead to stressful consequences.

Story first published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 16:53 [IST]
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