Family Life

Your guide to happy parenting

July 22, 2016

The thoughts of your little one arriving will either leave you with bursts of excitement or fear. Don’t fret. Most moms have a natural maternal instinct; yours will kick in the moment you hold your bundle of joy. You will face a lot of challenges and lose sleep, but the moment they look up at you, there’s something inside of you that may say, “It’s all worth it.”

 

Start a routine

 

A routine will give structure to your life. If you’ve never followed a routine before you can be sure this time around you will want to follow a routine for every aspect of your life. Getting into the habit of following a routine will make you feel less frantic and will put your mind in focus. New mommies have a lot on their minds. A daily routine will allow you to feel in control.

 

Create goals

 

You may be thinking setting goals is not ideal at this point. Right now your life revolves around your baby. That’s where you have it wrong. You will feel overwhelmed in the first few weeks and out of touch with reality, especially if you don’t have any help. At times you may feel that you can’t accomplish anything. Your goals can start off small, such as trying to get the dishes cleaned up before the day is over.

 

Get in some exercise

 

Exercise temporarily releases feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. This is exactly the boost your brain needs to rewire itself into thinking positively. You don’t need to head off to gym. Walking a few times a week will give you enough energy and time to spend on your health and overall well-being. If you’re feeling a bit bloated, a good amount of exercise might result in you needing to change the size of your maternity underwear very soon.

 

Watch what you eat

 

Eating healthy is a sure way of making you feel better. Snacking a bit here and there won’t provide you with the added boost you need to feel your best. Add omega-3 fatty acids and folic acid to your meal times. Get in enough salmon or tuna and spinach or avocado in to your meal times.

 

Challenge the negative

 

Whenever you hear that little voice telling you’re not doing a good job, tell yourself you’ll not be defeated by negativity. By mentally changing the way you think, you can become a whole new person with a different outlook on life. It takes a lot of practice, but with hardwork and dedication to thinking positively, you can combat every thought that tells you you’re not good  enough.

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