I am just about 38 weeks pregnant and have been on-guard for a premie baby for 7 weeks now due to dilating early. So thankful that it looks like we may make it full-term, but the mind games are making me a wee bit crazy. But, let’s be honest, pregnancy ALWAYS makes me crazy (and I know I am not the only one!)
However, after 6 weeks of strict orders to “take it easy” (a happy step above bed rest), plus the added “benefits” of being further along, my motivation is just about zero. I was a super rebel and went on a 1.5 mile snowshoe last week (celebrating making it to 36 weeks, of course). In my defense, my doctor just encouraged me to “not strap on the skis”…which I didn’t…
While it was incredible to be outside and moving and taking a break from all things around the house, my body was so sore that night that I was quite sure the baby was going to be born before morning. I was thankfully wrong, but remained hurting all week, which slowed me down even more. I’m to the point that even a walk around the block is rough, and my kids are getting “kicked outside” on their own more often than not. It’s hard to slow me down, but late in pregnancy definitely does.
However, while pregnancy is nearing the end (thank goodness!), we ALL have times in our life when motivation is low, and we are literally just getting through the days. Getting out and doing something good for ourselves is nearly impossible. That’s ok, because it’s LIFE, but it’s never really that enjoyable. And, unfortunately, no one else can help US make it better. We are in charge of our own life, our own happiness and our own perspective (which is key…)
I’ve been contemplating that “perspective” part a whole lot lately. Yes, I may struggle literally walking, but that does NOT mean that my husband or kids need to suffer from my bad attitude too. And it’s hard to find joy when things are a struggle. And that struggle could be our physical well-being, our life demands, our jobs, etc. No one is exempt.
So what do you do? How do you cope?
I truly think it is different for every single person. We are unique individuals in each and every way. So, these are MY tips. This is what works (usually) for me. I would love to know what works for you (so please comment away!)
- Big surprise!! Go outside. Even if you are walking 1 block at toddler-speed. Get. Out. There are a thousand good reasons why, but it mostly just helps change your perspective just a little bit.
- Completely limited physically? Still go outside. Lay in a hammock. Sit in a chair. Do whatever it takes. Fresh air makes the difference.
- Give yourself a break. Make it a goal to accomplish one (only one) thing, do one thing for yourself, and do one thing for someone else. I always have 20,000 things I want to do….and that’s just not realistic right now. I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that that is ok. We will all survive if the house isn’t in tip-top shape and I haven’t gotten a blog post done in a week or more.
- Ask for help. SUPER hard for some of us…and that usually means we NEED to ask even more!
- Try something new. A new trail, a new sport, a new friend. Mix things up a little bit. Yes, the added effort is worth it!
- Get in some new gear. I know that sounds kind of bad (promoting retail therapy or something), but sometimes it DOES make a big difference! Anything to get us motivated!
Speaking of new gear, Nuu-Muu has offered each of YOU the chance for free shipping on ANY order on their site through our due date (March 12, 2016). Use code “MTNMAMA” (and let us know if you have any issues!)
They’re great for:
- chasing kids
- layering up or down
- working out inside
- feeling a little feminine
Plus they come in a variety of different styles AND for little girls (3T+ too!)
Oh and they just happen to stretch perfectly for Baby bellies….
A little glimpse of all Nuu-Muu can do, in a non-pregnant state…. All photos from the Nuu-Muu site.
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