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Coping with Stress

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 02-11-2007

Taking care of a baby may cause stress. It’s a big job. It’s normal to
have moments of sadness, fear, frustration or anger.

These feelings can be powerful. When you are angry, you may feel like hitting
someone. You may feel like breaking things or saying hurtful things.

But there are other ways to deal with strong feelings. Here are some tips:

  • The worst thing you can do is keep these feelings to yourself. Talk about
    these feelings with someone you trust.
  • Talk to your spouse or a family member.
  • Talk to a friend, a doctor or a member of the clergy.
  • Try to exercise. Put your baby in a stroller or in your arms, and take a
    walk. Exercise at home while your baby sleeps. Being active can make
    you feel better. Exercise can give you more energy to take care of yourself
    and your baby.
  • Take time to relax. Take a moment for yourself while your baby naps.
    Do something that calms you down. Take a break from your chores.
    Take a moment to talk to a friend, read, listen to music, just be still or
    enjoy a hobby.
  • Don’t take your stress out on your baby by yelling at her or avoiding her.
    Get someone to help you for a while so that you can calm down or get rest.

If you want to know more about how to cope with stress or groups that
help parents cope with stress, ask your doctor or clinic.

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