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Have you ever heard that babies can feel the stress that you are experiencing? Check out the facts here, so you know how to deal with it
When you are stressed and your little one is fussy and cries all the time, it could be that he is "infected" by the stress that you feel. The reason is that even though they can't speak yet, the baby is able to detect the emotions that you feel.
Babies Learn to Recognize Emotions from the Environment
After birth, babies will begin to learn to recognize the emotions of the people around them, especially Mom and Dad. A study shows that the stress you feel can affect your little one's emotions. For example, he can feel sad if he sees his parents sad or in a bad mood.
When the baby is 2, 5 - 6 months old, he can already distinguish sad and happy expressions from his parents' faces. Your little one will look happy when you look at him with a smile. On the other hand, he may look upset or sad when you are angry. In fact, he can experience stress if you look stressed, so you need to be more careful in how you react to something.
Let's Start Managing Stress Well
The stress that you are experiencing must be handled properly because apart from being able to make your little one “infected with stress”, their growth and development can also be affected.
For that, you need to manage the stress you experience by doing the following things:
1. Understanding the causes of stress
You must understand the situation or thing that makes you depressed. For example, if you feel pressured and overwhelmed by caring for your little one yourself, try talking to your father or closest family. With the support from the closest environment, Mother can go through it and find a way out.
2. Talk to the closest person
Don't isolate yourself when you are stressed because this will only make your condition worse. You still have to socialize and talk to your partner, family, or friends about the anxiety you feel.
In fact, don't hesitate to ask other parents or mothers about the experiences they went through after having children.
3. Keeping he althy
To be able to continue to take care of your baby, you must first take care of your own he alth. Get enough rest, eat he althy, and fulfill your fluid intake to help relieve the stress you're experiencing.
4. Take time for yourself
Even though you already have children, you still have to make time for yourself or me time. So, when you feel tired from everything, try going out for a while to go out with friends or go to a beauty salon for a treatment.
You can leave your little one for a while to your father or the closest trusted person. By doing things that you like, you can get back excited to take care of your little one.
5. Accept the help of others
Stress usually starts from being overwhelmed by doing everything at once. Every now and then, try to delegate some work, such as washing clothes and cleaning the house, to someone else.
Mom even needs to communicate to Dad that Mom still needs his help. You can ask Dad to help you complete some tasks, such as washing baby bottles.
If you still feel stressed even though you have done the various methods above, don't hesitate to consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. The reason is, prolonged stress can be a sign of Mother experiencing postpartum depression.
The sooner you are free from stress, the risk of your little one being "infected" with negative emotions from your mother is also lower, so that their growth and development can be optimal.