As a stay at home mom, I have suddenly encountered something that I never anticipated. I knew I might struggle with post pardom depression, adjusting to a new baby, and less time with Michael. But I did not expect or anticipate how much down time my brain would have.
Between holding baby Jude and changing diapers and naps and play time, I slowly feel my brain turning to mush. Don’t get me wrong, I am LOVING being a mom. But, how do I keep my mind actively learning and thinking positively during the constantness of caring for an infant?
Too often I find myself dropping into bed exhausted in every capacity. I haven’t been able to refill my dangerously low tank of healthy snacks for my mind to munch and crunch on through the day. And when our tanks get low, we fall into unhealthy patterns of thinking and talking. This is when I find myself saying things I wish I hadn’t and dwelling on the negatives and the past.
Here are some things I have found helpful in keeping my mind active with healthy thoughts.
Podcasts: This has been one of my favorite ways of passing the time and learning while taking care of Jude. Some of my current favorites are uplifting words from Zig Ziglar, sermons from Robert Morris, or inspiring stories from Justin Lukasavige.
Audio Books: I have trouble finding the time to sit and read with and infant. Audio books are a great way to “read” while out for a walk or doing dishes! My current book is The Millionare Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko.
Music: Jude and I both love music. It calms him and keeps me encouraged. I choose an uplifting station on Pandora such as Sara Groves and away we go!
Exercise: Serious uplift for any brain struggling with the dundrums! Get out and walk. Amazing how I think differently when not staring at a pile of laundry! I love it and Jude does too.
Staying proactive in pursuing my own emotional health has been huge for me. If I sit and pity myself, things go downhill fast. These four things have helped provide a smooth transition into motherhood, keeping my sanity, my interests, and mind alive.
Question: How do you stay motivated and inspired during your day?