With the recent turn of events in our world today, a variety of people have been deeply affected in vastly different ways across the globe. Today, Reset Zone is interviewing a special guest, Mel M, to explore what life is like as a new mom with a newborn baby, during this global pandemic.
Many have readjusted their lifestyles to adapt to the circumstances that COVID-19 has brought along. Some have become unemployed while others have started working from home, students have transitioned to virtual learning to complete their school year, while others have had to graduate via Zoom.
Being a parent is, without a doubt, one of the most trying and triumphant tasks an individual can be tasked with. Right off the bat, there are a variety of emotions that come with the mere idea of becoming a parent, having a baby, or raising a child, without the added pressure of a global pandemic!
Now put yourself in the shoes of a new parent. If you’re already a parent, think back to how you felt a few days before you were going into labour. Imagine you’re expecting your baby any day now. The world breaks out into chaos, everything and everyone around you starts to literally shut down, prices start skyrocketing… A million thoughts race through your mind, questioning not only your own health, wellness, and wellbeing, but that of your child.
To gain a better perspective on how the life and mindset of a new parent has shifted, we have asked a special guest, Mel M, to give us an inside look at what life is like as a parent with a newborn baby during this global pandemic.
Not being able to go anywhere makes for an incredibly long day. Before COVID-19, I would try to plan one outing a day, such as a play date or a trip to the grocery store or mall. I miss adult interaction and play dates with other moms and babies. Not being able to use the parenting resources that were available before the mandated shutdowns (such as EarlyON programs and clinics) is incredibly challenging.
Stress, anger, frustration, and fear, as well as boredom and guilt associated with that feeling of boredom.
Playdates with my close friends who are also on maternity leave, attending mom groups with the opportunity to meet new mom friends and babies, swimming lessons and going to parks, zoos, and museums. It is incredibly disappointing that some of our family and friends have not yet had the chance to meet our baby.
Video chats with friends and family, online/virtual mom groups, Pinterest, and the Reset Zone app. The app is a very helpful tool to help me deal with the feeling of the overwhelming stress, anxiety, and anger. I love that the videos are a minute or less – perfect for busy mom-life. I don’t always have the time, or patience, to get through a 30-minute morning meditation, especially with the bustling newborn baby life. So, the one minute videos on Reset Zone are a great way for me to recalibrate quickly at any time of the day.
It is terrifying to think if something were to happen to my baby that we would have to bring her to the hospital. It’s a place you obviously want to avoid right now. I think that it has made us very paranoid, and we are constantly making sure nothing is wrong or happens to our baby. I’m also concerned that she isn’t going to get to know or be familiar with her extended family and will become shy when we are finally able to see everyone again. Babies need a lot of variation, and I try my hardest to rotate her throughout our house and go for walks when it’s nice out, but I’m concerned that she isn’t getting enough stimulation. She hasn’t been able to see much of the outside world.
Visiting with family and friends and not being socially isolated.
Remember that this is temporary, and however you are feeling or coping is okay. No one else has ever done this before, so there is no “normal” way to process or adapt to this situation. You are doing the best you can for your baby and your family.
If you are a mother, and you are struggling right now, just know that you are not alone. There is no shame in being angry, anxious, impatient, less understanding, and wanting a break from your life right now! Take a deep breath in, hold, and breath out. You are doing the best you can under these circumstances. Practice coping mechanisms to help calm you down, and be sure to reaffirm yourself with positive affirmations daily. There are plenty of other moms out there in the same boat as you, you are not alone.
The Reset Zone app is an emotional wellness toolkit here to support YOU. With one-minute video tools, created by certified wellness professionals, these video tools are designed to help you work through your challenging emotions from anywhere, at any time. All easy accessible at your fingertips.
If you feel as if you need further support at this time, we have a list of resources where you can consult a professional.