April 14, 2015

Becoming A Calm Mom: Strategy #6

I have said it before, but I will say it again... these tips are not only useful as one becomes a calm mom, but also as simple reminders for a satisfying life. "Becoming A Calm Mom" has not taught me any new lessons or concepts, per se, but it has brought these ideas to the forefront of my mind.

Now, we still have a little over 10 weeks to go, so let's hope I can remember some of the strategies when I am stricken with exhaustion, fatigue and overall feelings of being overwhelmed. I can report more about that in a monthly update! LoL

But, we are not done with the calm mom strategies as Dr. Ledly outlines one last tip, calm companionship.

Unlike the previous tips, calm companionship, involves an attitude toward fostering and maintaining adult relationships for the new mom. 

Tips for Calm Companionship
Make time for relationships. Remind yourself that making time for relationships - and the relationship with your partner, in particular – is not selfish. A strong, loving parental relationship is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your baby.
Look out for yourself in relationships.  Tailor your relationships so you get what you need (love, support, fun, etc.), while also feeling good about giving back to others.
Don’t neglect others’ thoughts, feelings, and needs. Don’t be baby-centric. Make sure to ask friends and family members what is going on in their lives.
Seek out other people in your situation. Meet and connect with other new moms. People in the same boat you are in will likely be a great source of support, advice, and fun.

Ledley, D.R. (2009). Becoming a calm mom: How to manage stress and enjoy the first year of motherhood. Washington, DC. American Psychological Association.

 Did you miss any of the other strategies for your Calm Mom Toolbox? Below, I have listed the 5 other calm mom tips:

Question of the Day: What recommendations, tips, and/or strategies do you have for remaining calm during the first few months of motherhood?

Michelyn Cynthia

1 comment:

  1. Enjoy these last weeks before baby comes and spend lots of quality time with your husband! Everything will get so hectic, so fast.