Healthy Thinking Tips to Lift You Up Every Day
Having babies and young children can truly be exhausting. Exhilarating too, but when you’re in the thick of it, it’s the exhaustion we tend to focus on the most. It is important to be strong in your thinking, to keep perspective on the tiring day …so here are some tips within the chaos that will help you get through.
Enjoy the chaos
OK, the baby just committed what can only be deemed as a crime against humanity in her nappy, the dishwasher’s bust and the delivery guy is ringing the doorbell. You know what? Keep laughing because even though it sounds like a chapter hard to believe …in a week’s time, you won’t even remember this.
Remember that each new (annoying) habit is actually progress
Your youngest keeps fiddling with doorknobs, oven dials, drawers…you name it, it’s opened, emptied, rearranged. This is the human brain doing what it does best here – exploring, trying, learning. As with most phases, it passes, but most new discoveries are a sign of growth and progress and it leaves its cognitive mark.
Make sure you have your own oxygen mask
You can’t look after your family to the best of your abilities if you’re worn out. There’s a reason why the safety manual on planes tells you to secure your own oxygen mask before fixing your children’s – if you pass out, who’ll look after them? Take some time out, breathe, have a cool drink and a healthy snack, go for a walk, or even a nap. Building in a few minutes of relaxation every day will keep you refreshed and help you to maintain perspective.
Eyes on the prize
Babies are great, but remember that you’re actually in the business of raising an adult human being here. It’s easy to forget this and give into every whine, every request and every tantrum because it makes life easier in the short term. You may feel guilty for imposing time-outs, or removing privileges, but this is short-sighted and wastes your energy. We all want well-behaved, fair-minded children and sometimes you have to create and impose uncomfortable boundaries in the short term to help your children to learn how to be caring kind and considerate of others. Just think of the amazing end result that will make everyone’s lives healthier.