Learning to De-Stress
Will you be able to afford another little person in your life? Do you need to make changes to your home in preparation for Baby's arrival? Will you need to move? The more your partner shows, the more stressed you may feel. Why? Money is a significant stressor for many men. As fathers-to-be, we are programmed to believe we should be the financial providers for our families.
But stress doesn't end with the checkbook. You may also be concerned about your partner's health (as well as that of your baby). If you're about to become a dad for the first time, that is no doubt a source of anxiety as well. We hate to tell you, but when your little one comes into the world, you'll no doubt add her to your list of worries, too.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about (and implementing) ways to reduce stress and refuel your tank so you've got the energy needed to face what lies ahead. Maybe it means taking more of your lunch hour to relax, read, or listen to music—something solely for yourself. Maybe it means finding podcasts, satellite radio, or music to listen to while working out, commuting, or working. Look for things that stimulate you and make you feel better. Don't forget exercise as a great stress reducer, too.
When your baby arrives, your life will become more chaotic and challenging. Learning coping strategies and figuring out ways to de-stress your life now will help you prepare for your new role. Leaning how to manage stress will also give you the tools necessary to interact more effectively with your spouse and your child.