5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety as a Toddler Mom

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As your infant becomes a toddler, there are more demands on you as a mom. They become more active, social and learn to communicate all their wants and needs. It’s an exciting time and an essential time for you and your child.

For some moms, as their child grows, so does their anxiety. Toddlers begin to engage with the world around them with more curiosity. They begin eating solid foods, walking far distances on their own, and generally, are more challenging to keep an eye on than a baby. Trust us, you are not alone in your anxieties as a toddler parent.

Here are 5 ways to deal with your anxiety:

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1. Know when you’re feeling anxious.

Acknowledge the anxiety of being the hard-working mom of a demanding toddler. Don’t try to deny the stresses of being a mother and bury them down. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself by believing you shouldn’t be having a hard time. It is a tough job.

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2. Make time for yourself.

Alone time is so important. Whether getting a massage, a pedicure, or watching your favorite binge-worthy show, making time for yourself is essential. Yes, easier said than done. But if you can take even fifteen minutes out of your busy day, you can boost your energy and relieve stress.

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3. Embrace Imperfections.

Recognize that perfection is an unrealistic standard. Embrace the imperfections and uncertainties of parenting. It's okay not to have all the answers. By accepting the unpredictable nature of toddlerhood, you can reduce the pressure on yourself and navigate the challenges with greater ease.

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4. Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness exercises can really help you with your anxiety. You will learn to focus more effectively on the present moment while recognizing that your anxious thoughts are just thoughts, not truths. Many mindfulness apps are used for meditation, which makes practicing mindfulness easier than ever.

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5. Ask for help.

Many moms believe that they have to “grin & bear” being a mother. Being a supermom is a misconception that has to change. Moms need to remember that your job is hard work, and with any hard job, you need help. Seeking help from a therapist, support group, religious leader, or even supportive friends and family can make all the difference in parenting your toddler.