Most of my posts highlight the challenges I encounter(ed) while raising a high need baby and now toddler. It may seem that all I do is complain about my life or that I am ungrateful for my little girl. But both could not be further from the truth.
There are several reasons why I choose to emphasize the difficult parts on my blog:
We all know days like these, when things keep piling up and worry seems to overtake us. One thing after another goes wrong and pretty soon we hit a wall.
The last few days, really weeks, have been like this for me. Livi is having (more) trouble sleeping again and I worry that she is not getting as much sleep as she needs. And she is still not showing much interest in finger foods, which also worries me.
Add to this her newly discovered, short but intense temper tantrums, her fussiness, and her clinginess, and I cannot help but feel overwhelmed by it all.
Which problem do I tackle first? How do I deal with it? And what do I do if I cannot take care of it myself or things get worse? When these questions keep my mind busy, I know it is time to do something and sort things out.
As parents we are often overwhelmed and stressed out by everything that needs to be taken care of. Add to this the extra needs and challenges presented by a high need baby, and stress and anxiety can become a constant companion.
But thankfully, there are ways to deal and cope with even the most challenging situations. I have tried several relaxation techniques to deal with the stress that comes with taking care of Livi and on the days that I manage to find some time to relax, I feel much better overall. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for new ideas, which is how I came across Zen Mama’s blog.
Zen Mama aka Betsy published a wonderful post called “How to Calm your Monkey Mind“. She shares great tricks she uses to calm her mind when stress and anxiety are about to take over. From mindfulness to positive affirmations to meditation, they can all be very effective and are worth the effort.
I know it is not easy to find the time to take care of yourself. But take it from me and at least try out some of the techniques mentioned by Betsy. Burnout might just be waiting around the corner and if it hits, it will be even harder to take care of your little one.