So far, 2020 has been a year unlike any most of you have known. With the current health concerns and stay-at-home orders in place, what’s a mom to do? Imagine being an expecting mother as well and you can imagine how extensive that to-do list is!
This downtime can be particularly stressful for many moms-to-be, but there are plenty of ways to ease stress (that can also be productive )- like taking a Gender Prediction Test. This allows expectant mothers to find out the gender of their baby early so they can get a jump start on their (digital) gender reveal parties.
Where to Start
Like most projects, figuring out where to start is usually the most difficult place to begin. In the beginning, most people fill their days catching up on their favourite television shows or even finding new ones altogether in which to invest their time. Sooner or later, not only do you run out of things to watch, but the mindless wasting of time starts to play on your conscience. You look around your home and think to yourself, what can I do today that will give me a sense of accomplishment?
The most important thing you can do is learn how to enjoy your time. If it’s important to get things checked off of your never-ending to-do list, start there. Attack that overflowing closet and organize those files that have been waiting for months to be filed in their proper places. Don’t be surprised when, sooner or later, cleaning and organizing will feel like an enjoyable pastime. Now is the time to enjoy your time.
If you have a book or two that you have been meaning to read, curl up on the couch or your favourite peaceful place, and allow yourself to get lost in the pages in front of you. Try doing some research online. Find recipes online that pique your interests and find something new to make. There is no reason why being stuck inside the house should leave you feeling stagnant. Let your creative juices flow! Besides cooking, learn a new craft or hobby.
Don’t think that, because you are supposed to stay at home you have to lose touch with friends and family. In fact, being deprived of physical human contact, one of the healthiest things you can do is connect with your friends and family by other means. Make the most of the virtual tools you have available to you. Engage in FaceTime chats and use apps that allow multiple users to video chat and just catch up. Talk about the new and exciting things you have tried. Share the funny stories of how something didn’t come out as well as you had hoped. Staying positive and in good spirits will help your time in isolation seem less alone. Never underestimate the importance of laughter.
Enjoy the opportunity to spend time with your spouse or other children. You can build puzzles and try new crafts or play games together. If you are expecting your first child, you can educate yourself with some aspects of childbirth you may not be prepared for. In-person classes for labour and delivery have probably been cancelled but that doesn’t mean you can’t take virtual classes.
It makes for a happier and healthier life if you are able to make the best of a bad situation. While circumstances are outside your realm of control at the moment, take advantage of your newfound time and enjoy yourself!