Relate din ba kayo na when we became moms, parang may something na nangyari sa ating mga brains. Haha. Either nagiging makakalimutin, or dahil nag-maternity leave, parang feeling natin may mga changes when it comes to decision-making dahil siguro sa lack of sleep and other factors.
Ako, guilty ako dito. Ang term nga, madalas akong ‘sabaw.’ Haha. And it’s okay! Meron naman pwedeng gawin to keep our mind back to being sharp and healthy eh! Ang mahalaga we do something to improve everyday. At hindi naman mahirap gawin. Mahalaga lang, aware tayo sa mga need natin gawin at kung para saan natin ito ginagawa. Maternal mental health is important, mommies!
Kaya naman, I asked the Bagong Nanay community on Instagram (na 2,000 followers and counting na, btw, woohoo!) kung ano ang ginagawa nila to keep their mind sharp and focused. At ito ang top 10 na sagot nila!
1. Pray and meditate
Ang daming sumagot nito like Mommy Chesca, and I can also relate kasi iba talaga yung feeling when you take time to talk to your Creator. Parang instant peace of mind siya, samahan mo pa ng deep breaths.
Kahit say a short prayer lang when you start the day, or read some scriptures, iba siyang pang-kickstart ng day. Kung trip mo ito gawin habang nagdidiffuse ng essential oils, perfect oil ang Frankincense.
Naalala ko sabi sa akin ng isa kong Bagong Nanay friend na motherhood is her workout. Yung pagbuhat, paghabol, at pakikipaglaro kay baby while you are doing your chores or work, nakakapagod na talaga at nakakapayat ha!
Pero if you’ve been thinking about taking your postpartum fitness workout seriously, I highly recommend that you follow Coach Mindy Lagdameo on Instagram. She is the Philippines’ first postpartum core rehab specialist, and member din siya ng Bagong Nanay community. She posts helpful workout tips, and how it helped her fight postpartum depression.
Sa kanya mo malalaman kung ano ang diastasis recti at magugulat ka na baka meron ka pala nito.
3. Read books
Eto for sure, isa sa mga effective ways talaga to keep your mind sharp. Especially sa panahon ngayon na ang daming kung anu-anong content online (gaya nito, hehe), iba pa rin ang feeling and benefit when you sit down and read a book.
Trivia: I am a big fan of American horror writer Stephen King. Kaya I started the group Stephen King Philippines on Facebook to gather his Filipino fans. Kaso when I became a mom, wala na akong nabasang Stephen King book ulit, kasi either wala akong chance or hahablutin ng toddler ko ang binabasa ko.
Recently, I shared my top 3 books on Instagram. You can watch it here. Ikaw, anong favorite book mo?
4. Attend online webinars and trainings
As a content creator, ang daming updates and new features ng mga social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, and need natin mag-keep up! Diba, isang araw, bigla nalang may Reels sa Instagram, na kamukhang-kamukha ng TikTok. Hehe.
Kaya naman, I join digital marketing trainings by Go Digital ASEAN – The Asia Foundation on SEO, Facebook ads, and more. Free lang siya. Recommended ko din ang mga webinars ng Smart Parenting, Mommy Mundo, Babypalooza PH, at M2 Lactation Club, especially for moms! Maswerte tayo, madaming free webinars to enrich our minds ngayon, at may chance pa to win prizes!
I also joined the Soulful Socials 21-Day Reels Boot Camp, and it’s fun! You can check out my fellow boot campers’ reels by searching #SSReelsBootCamp on Instagram. Ang gaganda ng content, promise!
5. Listen to music and podcasts
Still my favorite purchase for this year ang Spotify Premium. Napansin ko kasi nagiging mas productive ako when I work while listening to my curated playlist – nang walang ads. Hehe.
Ang daming mapupulot na wisdom sa mga podcasts nila, and they are all for free!
6. Rest and sleep
Isa ito sa mga pinakamahalagang healthy habits na kailangan nating matutunang mga Bagong Nanay na gawin. When we gave birth, naging interrupted na ang sleeping patterns natin, and when we realize it, 2 years old na pala ang anak natin, so 2 years na tayong puyat!
The more puyat we are, the more grumpy and indecisive we become. And hindi yun healthy for our brain. Rest when you can. Easier said than done, pero if we put premium on sleep, madami talagang magbabago sa buhay natin for the better.
7. Social media detox
Once in a while, need natin mag-take ng social media breaks. Because we should do anything in moderation, ika nga. Sa dami ng mga kaganapan sa social media, minsan toxic din ito for our mental health. Ang tanong: kaya mo bang hindi mag-Facebook or Instagram for a day? May kilala ako, nag-log out siya from all of her social media accounts for a few years already! Read her story here.
8. Watch K-Drama shows
Yes yes yes. Kim Seon Ho, at ang lahat ng mga oppa natin ay good for our mental health. Hehehe. During my first few months as a Bagong Nanay, doon ko na-discover ang world of K-Drama. Yung mga times na kailangan gising ka habang nagpapadede, yung mga time na clingy si baby at naka-latch lang dahil growth spurt. Kdrama ang kasama ko to survive each day, kasi laging gising ang diwa mo kay Park Seo Jun or Jung Hae In. Lol kaya mo ba silang tulugan. Hahaha.
9. Enjoy your coffee
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I know a lot of people who can’t start their day without drinking coffee. For Nanays, good luck if you can drink your coffee while it’s hot! Pero yes, don’t just drink your coffee, but enjoy it because that’s how it can help you stay focused and perked up to face the day! And if you are looking for a healthier version of coffee, try malunggay coffee here!
Play online games, or play with your child. Just as how kids get smarter through play, ganun din tayo as adults!
Just do something that you enjoy, and that will help your mind happy and healthy!
Kaya naman, check out this FREE wellness activity book from Doctors Without Borders. This is a good resource on how you can not only keep your mind sharp, Nanay, but improve your overall health by doing simple yet proven effective routines everyday.
Libre lang siya, so if you have a printer at home, go ahead and print it! Share it to other moms who may need a breather too. Di natin alam gaano nila ito ka-kailangan.
Bagong Nanay, kung gusto mo ng printed copy nito, just share this LINK to your social media sites, and tag @bagongnanay in your post, and we will choose five (5) moms whom we will send printed copies for FREE! Who knows, baka samahan ko pa ng samples ng Mother Nurture Malunggay Coffee. 🙂
Have a great week ahead, Bagong Nanay! You are so loved.
Always here for you,
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