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10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Having a Baby

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Having a Baby

There are few things that can match the life changing experience that is childbirth. The whirlwind of feelings that the expecting parents experience include emotions of all kinds. They experience joy, fear, happiness and many more emotions but, above all else, they experience love. This is not just any kind of love. A love of a parent for his or her child is something that is unsurpassed by anything else in the world and is the source from which all other emotions come from.

However, it is quite common for new parents to experience fear and doubt. Questions like “Are we ready for this?” or “Are we going to manage everything?” come to mind and some even go as far as to question whether they have “what it takes to be a parent”. You do, you have what it takes, trust me, babies do amazing things for your productivity.

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This video can help you put some things into perspective. The thing that makes it different from tons of other baby related advice you can find online is the fact that it comes from real parents. These people give you insights into things they picked up by being parents and not from books, online blogs or articles which can very much confuse you and get you riled up over nothing.

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The same goes for the advice you are going to get from people around you. Some will be impressed with what you are doing while others will be shocked with “what you are doing to your child”, so keep in mind that no two families are the same in this world and no two couples in the world do things the same way. Some parents will use software to follow their kids’ activity through their phones, others will not be aware where their kids are 10 hours at a time and the fact is, both of these could be terrible decisions and perfect decisions. Finding what works for you is crucial and this is just one of the great pieces of advice given here.

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The thing you should always remember, through all the spilled food, worrying, bumps and who knows what else, is that it is absolutely worth it! Be grateful for the blessing that you got and always cherish the memories.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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