During a psychology class in college, the professor said there a three experiences that cause more stress than any other life events: death of a loved one, divorce, and childbirth. The first two seemed understandable because they're about loss. But I was always curious how something that involves bringing life into the world could be so stressful. It wasn't until I became a parent that I realized how true his words were. I wish I knew then how I could tell friends and family some of the ways to help a new mom stave off anxiety. But like many first-time parents, I didn't have the ability to articulate or even ask for support.
If you're anything like the wonderful people around me, you desperately want ways to offer some solution or help ease the stress, but don't know how. Whether it's your partner, sister, best friend, or just someone you care about deeply and you're stumped about how to help a new parent deal with the debilitating effects of anxiety, there are thankfully quite a few ways you can be involved.
Whether you're the new mom looking to put your feelings into words or you're the person who just wants to know how to be a good support system, check out these ways to help a new mom stave off anxiety.