How to ask your friends and family for help

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How to ask your friends and family for help

Bringing a baby into the world is a big deal, and once Baby arrives, you’re still working hard to adjust to the new reality of caring for a little one. The responsibilities are many, the daily to-do list long, and the number of stressors you deal with from one moment to the next is large. It’s no surprise that being a new parent can be pretty taxing on your mental health, and, for obvious reasons, often parent’s needs are way down at the bottom of the daily to-do list.

But in the same way that, when flying, you’re advised that in the event of an emergency you should put on your own oxygen mask before putting one on your child, you need to take care of yourself so that you’re best able to take care of Baby. And you shouldn’t wait for an emergency. Part and parcel of taking care of yourself is making sure that you’re not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy too.

Mental health is the sort of self-care that you should definitely prioritize, but you don’t have to do it alone. In fact, it will be much easier for you to be able to do that if you have the support of loved ones around you - whether that means partners, friends, your own parents, siblings or cousins, or anyone you’re close with.

So how can they help?

There’s actually a lot they can do to lighten your load, in ways small and large. They can:

Asking for help takes a lot of courage and is a sign of bravery and strength. Truly, it takes a village to raise a child and support that child’s parent. So reach out and ask for help when you need it. And while you’re at it, go ahead and start a conversation with your loved ones about know how they can best support you each and every day of your parenting journey - not only when you ask for help.

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