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    Dealing with Perfectionism as a New Mom

    How to Deal with Perfectionism as a new mom

    Being a new mom is hard

    It’s no secret that being a new mom is hard. The physical and emotional changes can be overwhelming, and the demands of caring for a newborn can be exhausting. It’s not uncommon for new moms to feel stressed, anxious, or even depressed.

    How perfectionism can play a role

    Perfectionism can be a major contributing factor to mental health struggles in new moms. Perfectionists often set unrealistic expectations for themselves, which can lead to feelings of failure and inadequacy. They may also be afraid to ask for help, which can make it even harder to cope with the stress of motherhood.

    How to protect your mental health

    If you’re a new mom struggling with your mental health, it’s important to reach out for help. Talk to your doctor, a therapist, or a support group. 

    Here are some tips for protecting your mental health as a new mom:

    1. Be patient with yourself. It takes time to adjust to motherhood.

    2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who are willing to support you.

    3. Take care of yourself physically and mentally. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly.

    4. Find time for yourself to relax and de-stress. This could mean taking a bath, reading a book, or going for a walk.

    5. Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Everyone’s journey is different.

    6. Remember that you’re not alone. Many new moms struggle with their mental health.

    If you’re experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety, it’s important to seek professional help. Treatment can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

    Remember, you’re not alone. There is help available. Please reach out for support if you need it.

    Perfectionism is a common trait that can be both helpful and harmful. On the one hand, it can motivate people to achieve their goals and strive for excellence. On the other hand, it can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression. If you are a perfectionist, you may find yourself constantly striving for unattainable goals, beating yourself up for making mistakes, and feeling like you are never good enough.

    If perfectionism is causing you problems in your life, there are things you can do to deal with it. Here are a few tips:

    Become more aware of your perfectionist tendencies. The first step to overcoming perfectionism is to become more aware of your own thoughts and behaviors. Pay attention to the times when you feel the need to be perfect. What are you thinking and feeling in those moments?

    Challenge your perfectionist thoughts. When you find yourself thinking perfectionist thoughts, challenge them. Ask yourself if they are really true. Are you really going to fail if you don’t make a perfect presentation? Are you really a bad person if you make a mistake?

    Set realistic goals. One of the best ways to overcome perfectionism is to set realistic goals. Instead of aiming for perfection, aim for excellence. This means setting goals that are challenging but achievable.

    Learn to accept mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s a part of life. When you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up about it. Learn from your mistake and move on.

    Focus on the positive. Perfectionists tend to focus on the negative aspects of their work or performance. Instead, try to focus on the positive. What did you do well? What can you learn from your mistakes?

    Seek professional help. If you are struggling to overcome perfectionism on your own, consider seeking professional help. A therapist can help you understand your perfectionism and develop strategies for coping with it.

    If you are a perfectionist, you are not alone. Many people struggle with this trait. However, it is possible to overcome perfectionism and live a more balanced and fulfilling life. With the right tools and support, you can learn to accept your flaws and mistakes, and focus on the positive aspects of your life.

    Therapy services we provide:

    Life transitions therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    Men’s issues therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    Perfectionism therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    Relationship issues therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    Highly sensitive people therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    ADHD counseling in Catonsville or Virtual

    Telehealth therapy Counseling for trauma in Catonsville or virtual

    Women’s issues therapy in Catonsville or virtual

    Mental health services in Catonsville or virtual

    Learn practical strategies to overcome perfectionism as a new mom at Stride Forward Counseling. Our office hours are flexible and we are here to support you. Get started on your journey today.