Let’s face it: Babies equal hard work. Behind their adorable faces and joyful smiles are dirty diapers, late nights and early mornings, and the mental strain it takes to keep going. If you’re feeling emotionally drained, here are some ways to press pause for a moment.
Turn to Scripture
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 (NIV). If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, or tired, God welcomes you to bring it all to Him.
This season of life has so many emotions that come with it: joy, hope, anxiety, weariness, excitement and so much more. The authors of the Psalms also understood what it was like to experience these emotions. Reading through the Psalms can be a soothing balm to your soul as you hear encouragement from Christ.
Take this time to pray or sing different Psalms to God, and let His peace and comfort surround you.
If you need to clear your mind or shake the “funk” out of your body, movement is one of the best ways to do it. Movement releases endorphins and relieves stress, helps emotions move through the body, and gives you a chance to take a break.
While you may automatically think of the gym whenever you think of exercise, it could be as simple as:
- Exploring different walking paths near you with friends. You can even take the stroller and get the baby outside.
- 5-15 minutes of home exercises like pushups, sit-ups, planks, etc.
- Doing Pilates or Zumba on YouTube or through your church.
- Biking with a child seat or trailer.