Alleviating Stress

I have a new plan to reduce my stress and anxiety:

First, I’m going write it out.  So, expect to see some more of my thoughts on our possible embryo adoption.

Second, to reduce some of the problems with work we are asking our temporary nanny to work 4 days a week, not 3.  At least for the next month or two.

Third, I am reducing my workload going forward.  I have to finish up my current commitments, but I am going to be more selective with projects I accept in the future.  I want to get back to working 3 days a week, not 4-5 days a week.  My fear of not having enough work/income is not greater then my fear of missing experiencing Baby MPB growing up – so, I have pretty good motivation to work less.  This rests solely on me, but I think I can do it.

Fourth, we are looking into day cares or day homes.  I really want to keep Baby MPB at home for 1 year, but that just might not be possible.  Socialization has it’s benefits so it’s not all bad.

Fifth, I found new cleaners (after I fired the one we just hired since she became pretty unreliable).  This takes one thing off my to-do list.

Sixth, I’m dragging Mr. MPB for a lunch date once every 2 weeks.  I’m sticking with the lunch date idea because we can do it while a nanny is with Baby MPB.  Couple time isn’t a bad thing, and honestly, it’s probably something we really need right now.

Seventh, I’m still hoping for a cancellation appointment with my councilor.  I hate that one of my strategies is based in hope as I’d much rather just have a date and a concrete plan.  But, hope is better then nothing.

If anyone has any other suggestions, I’m all ears!

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7 Comments on “Alleviating Stress

  1. I think these all sound like great plans. I didn’t know you had a temporary nanny, so that must be at least a little bit of a relief! All of this together should help you feel a lot less stressed. I do hope that your counselor gets better and has an opening for you very soon as well. Hang in there, sounds like things should start to get better soon!!

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  2. Those all sound like great ideas to make things more manageable. Writing your feelings down and working through them that way also sounds good. Maybe going for a walk a day, or a few times a week and just being around nature. Listening to music is also good. Or trying to go for a massage once a month.

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  3. It sounds like you have a great plan. Our baby girl is in an in-home daycare. I believe she gets more attention that way. We really like them and they love her!

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  4. These sound great. My husband and I have found that date nights have been crucial to the continued success of our marriage since having our children. We go out on our own 1-2 nights a month.

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  5. You have inspired me! Lunch dates are totally doable with us, and I haven’t done them yet. Taking care of stress is so important, as is cutting back when you need to. Awesome stuff!

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