A mom holds an unlimited amount of energy, love that is enough for the entire universe, and an avalanche of feelings, that range from simple to complex. One of the feelings that mothers experience during parenthood, especially expat moms is feeling lonely. In this article, I will talk about the reasons mothers feel lonely very often, and about the effect of this feeling on their mental health. In addition to practical and easy steps to help moms overcome this feeling.
Feeling alone despite being surrounded by people, is a very common feeling among mothers especially if they are expats. The reasons behind this are:
· Feeling tired and exhausted without asking for help.
· Being a new mom and losing the previous life routine.
· Not connecting with friends, nor freely expressing feelings.
· Missing the pre-motherhood life.
· Feeling distant from friends who are not moms or not married yet.
· Having new relationships that are imposed on you as a new mom.
· Not having a connection that serves your needs, although you are not alone and there are people around you.
· Being a single mom.
· If you are a mom of a special needs child, without having someone to share your experience with.
· Becoming a housewife after being a working woman.
· Losing connection with your child.
· Having negative thoughts and overwhelming feelings.
· New behavior during pregnancy, especially if it was a challenging and high-risk pregnancy.
· Developing postpartum depression, due to changes in the previous routine, losing personal time, and not being able to manage time and new responsibilities.
1. Connecting with friends, and spending quality time with them.
2. Expressing feelings to a trusted person or a professional like a life coach or a mental health expert.
3. Delegate and ask for help.
4. Accepting not being perfect.
5. Walking outside daily.
6. Counting blessings, write down your blessings no matter how small they are.
7. Make me time a priority.