As new parents, there is this feeling of constant momentum inherent in taking care of a baby. A feeling of always having to do something: to prepare something, to do research on something, and of course to clean up something! This article for parents is helpful in reminding us all to re-charge. We get so used to going and going, it is often very hard to find discipline in letting ourselves rest and decompress. Somehow we get addicted to this feeling of constantly moving and we feel we are being more productive if we keep up this momentum but it is not the case. This last part is true for many people, not only new parents.
So, what can we do? First make a choice to not run in that impossible race that does not exist. Remember there is always going to be something else to do. The house may not look close to perfect for a while and even if it does it will only last a day! Make a conscious effort to force oneself to do nothing and to rest at times or reconnect to something that rejuvenates you. Your vitality and good mood are equally and probably more important to the health and well being of your little bean than most of the “Tasks” we need to do. Burnout is not something that benefits anyone at any time especially not as a new parent. Please use this article for parents as a reminder. There is of course true postpartum depression which is not what I’m speaking about. If there are symptoms of depression seek professional help immediately.