Having a new bundle of joy in your life is fabulous. But let’s face it. It can be super stressful. All parents spend a lot of time second-guessing themselves, trying to work out what’s best and well, worrying about being a parent.
It’s natural. It’s OK.
But, it’s important to make sure that stress levels remain in check. Especially in the midst of this ‘new-normal’ we all find ourselves in, day-to-day pressures are already increased and with more new parents feeling the strain, it’s critical all parents give themselves a few moments in the day to decompress and get back to centre.
Here are a few tips that will help. Now...relax those shoulders!
Take some deep breaths
Sounds simple right. But having a moment to get comfortable and take in some deep breaths, getting the oxygen flowing around your system is sometimes all it takes to calm those nerves. In through the nose for three and slowly out through your mouth to the count of three. If you can, just give yourself five minutes each day to sit and breathe. If you can’t, don’t worry. This is a great technique to use when you’re feeling stressed out right there in the moment.
Get the sleep you deserve
You’ve got to get the sleep you deserve to keep on doing the heroic parenting you do each day. Whenever there is an opportunity to get 40 winks. Do it. The chores can wait. We also know a thing or two about great sleep. Owlet has tracked more than 400 billion infant heartbeats and has received hundreds of stories from parents who were able to help their infants in a time of need while simultaneously improving their own quality of sleep. What’s more, 94% of parents using the Smart Sock report better sleep, and 96% feel less anxious.
Make ‘me time’ meaningfulFirstly, we want to say this, ‘me time’ is OK. In fact, scrap that, it’s essential. We all know the parental guilt sets in, but trust us, it’s really important. Make those moments really count. Savour that bar of chocolate, binge watch a few episodes of that trashy sitcom, just do what you need to be you, and just you, for however long you can.
Get a workout in when you canWe know, it sounds ridiculous. With barely a moment in the day, getting down to your favourite HIIT class or heading out for a leisurely jog sounds ridiculous. However, getting in some fitness minutes helps to reduce stress. It boosts your mood and leaves you feeling a little more normal. What’s more, all the lifting and carrying, not to mention the almost pretzel-like positions you end up napping in, can take a toll on your muscles. Giving them a little stretch will help.
The joy of being a parent is truly wonderful. But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s hard. We hope some of these tips work for you and if you fancy taking a look at how a Smart-Sock could help give you some extra shut-eye then take a look here.