“We probably all agree that becoming a parent is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. But the responsibility that comes with parenthood can be very hard, overwhelming, and exhausting. It’s very easy to let your own well-being take the back seat for a while, until you suddenly realize you’re completely drained, and you quietly wonder: “what about me?”. While having big goals is admirable, I strongly believe in consistency and reality. Going on a daily 30 minute walk is fantastic for your physical and mental health, but if it’s not going to fit in your family’s schedule you will not be able to keep it up - and then probably beat yourself up about it. So think of a small change you can make today. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
1 Gratitude Is An Attitude - When feeling overwhelmed or anxious, practicing gratitude is a great way to train a positive mindset. Writing in a journal is often suggested as a great way to practice gratitude because there is the added bonus of actually putting pen to paper. However, you might want to start small. Think of something you’re grateful for each night before going to sleep, or before getting out of bed in the morning.
2 Quality Time Alone & Together - Try to allocate one night each week for some quality time alone. It doesn’t have to be big; a long bubble bath, a solo evening stroll, or even reading a book. A small act like this can have a big impact on your emotional well-being. The same applies to quality time with your partner; a candlelit take out dinner, a games night, or taking a bath together.
3 Fold & Listen - This is so simple and easy that it almost doesn’t require any effort at all. Recently I started listening to inspiring podcasts while doing a chore; usually while folding laundry. Think of times where you are already doing something on autopilot. I love The Tim Ferriss Show, Unlocking Us by Brené Brown, The School Of Greatness by Lewis Howes and The Deliciously Ella Podcast. Share your favourites with me at @littlelarey
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