Becoming a new mom is a transformative experience filled with joy and love, but it can also bring up feelings of overwhelm, and postpartum anxiety and depression. Taking care of your mental health is crucial during this transition period, and traditional therapy sessions may not always fit the needs of a new mom. That's where walk and talk therapy comes in. This approach combines the benefits of therapy with the healing power of nature and activity. In this article, we will explore the numerous advantages of walk and talk therapy for new moms.
Connection with Nature
After spending much of their time indoors, new moms often crave a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery. Yes, it is okay to be bored at home with the baby, and yes, it is normal to feel like you are trapped at home for naps. Walk and talk therapy offers an opportunity to step outside, connect with nature, and experience the therapeutic benefits it provides. The soothing sounds of birds chirping, the gentle breeze, and the sight of greenery can create a calming environment that enhances the therapy process. This can also be the perfect environment for a stroller nap for your little one. Nature has a way of reducing stress levels and promoting relaxation, making it an ideal setting for therapy sessions with new moms.
Physical and Emotional Well-being
Activity is known to have a positive impact on mental health. Walk and talk therapy combines the benefits of a low impact physical activity, with therapeutic support. When a new mom walks during their therapy session, their bodies release endorphins, which act as natural mood lifters. The physical activity helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, while also improving overall well-being. Additionally, activity increases energy levels and promotes better sleep, both of which are essential for new moms who may be experiencing sleep issues.
Enhanced Bonding and Attachment
The early months of motherhood are crucial for bonding and establishing a strong attachment with the baby. Walk and talk therapy provides an opportunity for new moms to engage in therapeutic conversations while simultaneously being present with their child. Whether pushing the stroller or wearing their baby in a carrier, moms can interact with their little one while addressing their own emotional needs. This unique dynamic not only allows for deeper bonding but also models healthy communication and emotional well-being for the child.
I know what you are asking yourself. What if my baby starts to cry or needs to eat?
No problem at all. Your therapist is there to support you in being a mom whatever that might look like during the walk. This also might mean stopping the walk and being still for a moment. Your therapist will be with you and help coach you through the difficult emotions that come up when we do not have control over when our babies needs pop up.
Reduced Stigma and Increased Accessibility
For some new moms, there may be hesitations or stigmas associated when it comes to seeking our the support of therapy. Walk and talk therapy is a more informal and relaxed environment, making it feel like taking a stroll with a friend while getting the healing benifits of therapy. When you take the therapy session outside, it reduces the sense of being in a clinical setting, making it easier for moms to open up and engage in conversations. You also do not have to just stare at your therapist the whole session, which can feel starle for some. The mobility and flexibility of walk and talk therapy make it more accessible for moms who may have anxiety about leaving their baby with someone else while in therapy, or are finding it difficult to find childcare.
Walk and talk therapy holds a lot of potential for new moms seeking support and healing. By incorporating nature, activity, and therapeutic treatment, this approach addresses the unique needs of new moms experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. The benefits of connecting with nature, improved physical and emotional well-being, enhanced bonding, and reduced stigma make walk and talk therapy a valuable tool in the journey towards mental wellness for new moms. If you're a new mom navigating the challenges of motherhood, consider exploring walk and talk therapy as a nurturing and empowering option to prioritize your mental health.
Hi, I’m Kristina Anzell, I am a Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing compassionate and tailored mental health support for moms at all stages of motherhood. My mission is to empower you to thrive in your role as a mother while nurturing your own well-being. If you enjoyed this blog post, check out my blog here! If you want more information or are seeking treatment, feel free to reach out!