Between the aches and pains of pregnancy, the doctors’ visits, the planning, and overall hectic schedules it’s easy to lose focus. And even easier to let our priorities rearrange themselves. Sometimes we have to take a few steps back, and remember that we too belong at the top of that list. It may seem like there are a million other things of importance, of which I’m sure there are. However, it may be time for some self-nurturing. You can’t forget about yourself in the swing of things.
One thing that tends to cloud of minds, and simultaneously cause us to stress out is our perception. We have to change how we see ourselves and the world into a more positive lighting. The key to self-nurturing, or rebuilding as some may refer to it, is that we must allow ourselves to refuel our minds and bodies with positivity. It may seem cliché, but we must see the glass as half full instead of half empty. Or better yet, to make it more personalized, we can ask ourselves “what’s great about today,” instead of “what else can go wrong?” And slowly but surely, the more you turn your could-be negatives into positivity, you will overall begin to be in better spirits.
When replenishing your mind and body, it’s good to remember that you are addressing not only your immediate needs, but also your long term needs. Sometimes it’s easy to confuse the two. Just remember that sometimes what we do right now may not be our best option, always think of a positive future. For example, after dinner you want chocolate cake, with amazing icing and strawberries. Although it sounds absolutely heavenly, it’s more of a “right now” indulgence. You could easily change that into a small bowl of delicious strawberries with just a little drizzled chocolate on top. Easy, right?
Your pregnancy should be relaxing. Now of course it may not be super easy, but it doesn’t have to be super hard. And here are just a few tips to help you relax, and rebuild your happiness.
1. Laughter makes it all better- Remember to smile. You can write funny puns and witty saying, then attach them to the fridge. You can even go to a comedy show, or rent a funny movie.
2. Getting in tune- It’s important to explore your thoughts and feelings, and also to express them positively. You can keep a journal full of thoughts and positive events from your day. Or sitting and talking with friends is also a great way to lighten your mood.
3. Getting your partner involved- Sometimes the more active you are, is the better you feel. Gain new experience by volunteering, taking up a new hobby with your significant other. This will give you each something to experience together and time to bond. Also sex is another great replenishing method.
So remember, think positive. What you exude, you will also intake. So express yourself, laugh, and keep a positive perspective of the world, yourself, and your pregnancy.
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