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Planning for Parenthood

Mental Health Tips for New Parents

Becoming a parent is a monumental shift in how you live your life. It’s a time of anticipation and joy, along with significant emotional shifts, changes in relationship dynamics, and overwhelming responsibility. Balancing this newfound love for a little one, and the challenges that can trigger stress, anxiety, and a wide range of mental health issues, is a task that many struggle with.

New parents need to understand that these complex emotions are common, and seeking professional support is a proactive and positive step. Recognizing and addressing these concerns early is crucial. Mental health care during this time can be not only beneficial but essential as new moms and dads find themselves navigating this life-changing period.

Top Tips for New Parents

  • Seek Professional Support Early: Don't wait for small issues to become larger, more significant problems. Therapy can provide new parents with strategies and support even before the baby comes.

  • Establish a Support Network: Lean on friends, family, and community. Yes, you can figure this out on your own, but you don’t have to. Taking the help that is offered will help to alleviate overwhelm and exhaustion.

  • Communicate: Feeling frustrated? Tired? Angry? Say it! Share your feelings, fears, and experiences with your partner, close friend, or therapist. Open communication will help create better understanding and relief.

  • Set Realistic Expectations: Perfection is not the goal. Remember that the plan you have set might alter dramatically as you navigate parenthood, and it’s okay to learn as you go.

  • Prioritize Self-Care: As impossible as it sounds, it’s crucial for new parents to take time for themselves. Even if it’s just a few minutes each day, self-care is essential for mental health and will help you recharge. 

  • Practice Mindfulness & Relaxation Techniques: Try activities that promote relaxation and mindfulness including deep breathing exercises, meditation, or gentle exercise.

  • Journal: Writing down your thoughts and feelings is a therapeutic way to process emotions and even track your progress.

Therapeutic Support

Therapeutic support offers new parents a safe space to explore their feelings, identify coping mechanisms, and work through these major adjustments associated with becoming a parent. For those facing the challenges of this significant life transition, consider seeking guidance and professional support. This can be invaluable in learning coping strategies, navigating relationship challenges, and further creating a positive experience as you begin this new journey.

At BestLife, we understand the major challenges that come with the transition to parenthood and offer specialized support through Nicole Farrell, LPC, PMH-C. Nicole, a dedicated Perinatal Mental Health Professional, brings a compassionate and understanding approach and extensive experience to her time with new and expecting parents. 

Nicole Farrell, MA, LPC, PMH-C

Nicole addresses a broad spectrum of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, life, significant life transitions, and more through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic modalities. Her work is driven by a firm belief in the power of highlighting life’s positives to challenge difficult emotions and counteract negative thinking patterns. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with the adjustment to parenthood, please reach out. Nicole is here to provide compassionate support and guidance. Contact BestLife to learn more about our services, and how they can help during the pre-and perinatal period. 


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