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Feeling lonely and isolated might be the last thing you’d expect to feel as a new mum, particularly when you are in the constant company and at the beckon call of your new arrival. Yet, with all the joys that come with welcoming a new baby into the world it’s important that these feelings are not overlooked.
Becoming a new mum is a monumental life change. The first few days, weeks and months of this journey can be hard, isolating and lonely. You suddenly find yourself coping with sleep deprivation, worry, social isolation and loss of identity, perhaps at the same time as parenting solo or living far from family that would otherwise step in to help and support you.
Research carried out by the British Red Cross and the Co-op last year suggests that over 80% of mums under 30 feel lonely some of the time, and 1 in 4 are lonely often or always.
Looking after a newborn or young children can be tough, exhausting and relentless. No matter how independent you are, or how much you want to appear like everything is in hand, there’s no shame in getting some practical help to make life that little bit easier when you need it. Allowing someone else to take on some of the mounting household tasks whilst you take the opportunity to rest, recuperate and spend time with your new baby can make a big difference to your mental and physical wellbeing.
It is important not to underestimate the difference companionship and conversation can make during this time; particularly if that person has been where you are right now and can offer support and a listening ear.
How a Home Helper can help you
With more and more focus on the ‘fourth trimester’ and the need to look after yourself, here are a few ways a Close to Hand Home Helper can make your life that little bit easier:
A network of local contacts
Many of the Home Helpers registered with Close to Hand are mums themselves and so know only too well the highs and lows of the newborn phase.
Close to Hand allows you to harness the power of the internet to connect with people in your area, at your discretion, and build a network of local contacts that you can call on. You determine the level of help and the period of time you require it; whether that’s a one off, daily, once a week or on an ad-hoc basis.
From the comfort of your own home, day or night, you can browse local Home Helper profiles and make direct contact via our secure messaging service.