AS YOU START GETTING BACK TO WORK…
Prepare yourself for an amazing morning: Set out your clothes and your baby’s clothes the night before. Create a routine that before sleeping at night you will keep in one place the nappies, clothes, sweaters – basically, whatever that your baby needs during the course of the day—at one place. The clothes, shoes and accessories that you will wear also need to be kept at one place. Another important thing to start your day on the right note is to have a good breakfast. A study by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that children and adults who eat breakfast perform better on tests, have better focus and concentration and they are able to think faster and make faster decisions. Options for a healthy breakfast include a handful of nuts, fruits, cereal and milk, vegetable poha, idli (rated by the World Health Organisation as one of the best meals one can have), two egg whites scrambled or in an omelette, a whole-grain bread sandwich, oats, a glass of milk.
Over the weekend
Make your to-do lists, ask help from your partner to finish weekly grocery shopping, and organise the kitchen. When you cook a meal cook one portion extra and deep-freeze it. Keep boiled potatoes in the fridge so you can create easy meals quickly during the week. Make sure you use the pressure cooker more.
Be in the present moment
Try as much as you can to focus on the present. Breathe deeply. It means leaving your office work at the work place. Learn to relax and let go. There will be times your house won’t be spotless and that is fine. Start a gratitude journal where you record all the things that you are thanful for. Take out five minutes a day to focus on nature, whether it is listening to the sound of the wind or observing the colour of a new leaf, the sunrise or the sunset. Take care of the moments. As children’s author Maria Edgeworth is quoted as saying, “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
Do it in short spurts. Do not think you have to exercise at a stretch for 30 minutes or more. Whether you walk for 30 minutes at a stretch or do 10 minutes of it three times a day, it works out to be the same. Dance to your favourite song or do surya namaskar (sun salutation), do 10 to 20 jumping jacks and lunges. The point is to do some sort of exercise.
A few things that you should not do are to watch TV endlessly, read newspapers compulsively that will only remind you of corruption, scandals and world problems, or worry about unnecessary things. They will not change because you decided to worry about them.
Take baby steps
Remember it is your life, and all you need to do is enjoy it. Relax and take a deep breath and enjoy the moments of this new adventure called motherhood. You owe it to yourself.