Motherhood can be isolating. At the beginning, it is a cycle of feeding, changing and sleeping and there is barely time to shower, let alone be social. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, Mom Friends, this is a time in life to be very intentional about seeking social support from others. It is important to stay connected to the outside world as a mom.
Here are some tips to stay connected:
- Find a mom and baby group. There are often groups through local churches or hospitals where you can meet up with moms and bring the kids along.
- Call or text that friend you have been meaning to connect with. Texting is an easy way to feel connected during a busy phases of life.
- Meet up with your friend for a girl’s night out. Have your partner or a family member help with the kids or hire a baby sitter to get out of the house for an hour. Dress up too!
- Connect with your mother if you can. Motherhood is a great connection for mothers and daughters because she has been there too. New mothers may have found a new sense of appreciation for their moms. Tell her that.
- Use social media to reach out to old friends who are now mothers. Ask them for some words of wisdom. More likely than not, they will be happy to offer.
- When you are ready, plan to leave the house for an outing with your kids a couple times per week. Simply going to the park or beach can help you still feel connected.
Wellness for Mothers Series