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Finding balance during parental leave: 5 useful tips for new parents

Is the baby period not quite what you expected? Many have high expectations for parental leave, which can often be challenging to live up to. Life with a newborn can be filled with joy, but it can also be overwhelming and demanding.

Here are some practical tips that can help you feel better and find balance while on parental leave. Download the LEIA Health app for further tips and support before, during, and after your parental leave.

5 tips to find balance during your parental leave

1. Establish routines Routines play a vital role in bringing structure and predictability into the lives of new parents and their babies. Setting up nighttime and morning routines can be particularly helpful.

For example, consider creating a cozy bedtime routine that includes dimming the lights, reading a bedtime story, and singing a lullaby. This consistent routine can help your baby associate it with sleep and provide some much-needed "me" time for you and your partner.

Similarly, starting the day with a morning routine for yourself, such as gentle stretching or pelvic floor exercise, followed by a nutritious breakfast, can set a positive tone for the day.

2. Stay connected with others One of the common challenges faced by new parents during parental leave is the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Being used to a lively work environment, suddenly being home with a baby can be a big adjustment.

Combat these feelings by actively seeking connection with others. Join local parent groups and participate in community activities like baby classes. These outlets provide an opportunity to meet other parents who are going through similar experiences and can offer support and companionship.

Additionally, take advantage of personal time with friends. Even a short walk or a coffee break with a friend, when your partner is home from work, can do wonders for your well-being.

3. Take time to rest It might be tempting to use every moment your baby sleeps to tidy up or attend to other household chores, but it's crucial to prioritize rest. Sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on your mood and overall well-being.

Instead of using all your baby's sleep time for chores, take a moment to rest yourself. Lie down on the couch, close your eyes, and relax for fifteen minutes. You'll be surprised at the difference it can make in restoring your energy and improving your outlook on life.

4. Don't forget about yourself As a new parent, it's easy to put your own needs on the back burner and focus entirely on your baby. However, in order to be the best parent possible, it's vital to take care of yourself too.

Communicate your needs with your partner and make sure you both have opportunities for personal time. Whether it's taking a relaxing bath, enjoying a hobby, or simply having uninterrupted coffee breaks, prioritize activities that recharge your batteries and bring you joy.

By looking after yourself, you'll have more to give to your baby and your family.

5. Talk openly about how you're feeling The baby period can be emotionally challenging, and it's essential to share your experiences and feelings with your partner or trusted friends. Many new parents hesitate to discuss their struggles, thinking it's a sign of weakness or failure. However, opening up can actually help relieve stress and find solutions.

By talking about your emotions and experiences, you and your partner can support each other and find ways to share the workload.

If you find yourself feeling down for an extended period, don't hesitate to seek professional support from healthcare professionals. They can provide guidance and assistance in coping with postpartum emotions and any challenges you may be facing.

"I'm so grateful to have an employer who cares about my well-being. The Leia app has been an amazing companion during my parental leave."

Parental leave is undoubtedly a transformative time in a person's life. While it can be challenging, it's essential to prioritize finding balance and taking care of yourself during this period.

By establishing routines, staying connected with others, prioritizing rest, tending to your own needs, and openly discussing your feelings, you can navigate the baby period with more ease and enjoyment.

Remember, being a happy and well-rested parent ultimately benefits both you and your baby, creating a nurturing environment for growth and development.

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