A recent study showed almost 9 in 10 (87%) parents were more anxious as a result of COVID-19 with parental loneliness rising from 38% to 63% as an increasing number of mums face their first year in lockdown.
It is no surprise that anxiety, overwhelm and parental burnout are on the increase. Being a new mum pre-pandemic was already a life changing moment and for any expat Mama’s out there, there was the added burden of missing loved ones and grappling with the local lingo on three hours sleep. That blurry first year, of mixed emotions; from joy, laughter and gratitude for this beautiful little human, through to exhaustive tears, frustration and anxiety was always tough but then the pandemic hit. Parenting in a pandemic, was not something anyone could have prepared for.
Mothers are not supposed to raise their babies in isolation and without a loving helpful tribe by their side. These are difficult times and it is normal to have difficult emotions. What can you do when your anxiety reaches a point where it is taking over, or you feel like something is really ‘off’? The answer is...reach
out...remotely of course...for now.
Life Coach, Jo Fiddy says “The pandemic has been raging for almost a year, there is a lot of stress and anxiety pulsing through our bodies. We are practically bathing in cortisol and this is on top of the inadequate sleep and support, that comes with being a new expat mum without a tribe. Our amygdala, that is the fight, flight and freeze response in the brain, is firing off like a car alarm and impacts our entire body and mind. You might feel tension in your body such as tight shoulders or back or perhaps you are experiencing constant anxious thoughts and heart palpitations.”
One powerful technique that Jo has had huge success with is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). “EFT is one of my favourite techniques that I use with clients and is so successful with anxiety. You literally tap on the meridian points in the body and express how you feel. Say it, feel it, let it go.
Numerous studies have shown that this can help dial down the distress of the amygdala and restore calm,” says Jo. Jo is originally from the UK and is a qualified and experienced EFT and NLP Practitioner and Strategic Intervention Coach. As someone who overcame burnout and 10 years of anxiety, she knows what she’s talking about and has created an incredible collection of digital self-help tools that are completely free. This nourishing library also includes relaxing techniques, such as EFT audio meditations for Life with a Young Child, Missing Family and Friends and Anxiety in the Body.
To access Jo’s free meditations and tools just go to: www.jofiddy.com.