AD| With the global pandemic showing no signs of abating and a newfound lockdown descending on us all, it can be difficult to stay social. Add to this the complexities of a newborn baby and you run the risk of feeling incredibly isolated. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression if you don’t find ways to remain social. Being physically distanced is a challenge when all you want to do is hug your mum or have your sister hold your baby, but to stay safe we all have to follow the rules at the moment. While a challenge, there are ways to stay social. Follow this guide to find out how.
How to Stay Social With a Baby
Utilise the technological advancements of the age to ensure that you can stay in touch with your nearest and dearest. While not ideal and you will still yearn for the physical contact that is human nature, seeing the faces of your loved ones and showing off your little one will boost your morale. Ensure that you organise these Zoom, Teams or Skype meet-ups in advance. This way, you have social situations to look forward to throughout the week. This will split up the monotony of your days and can help you feel more positive. You might want to set up a Zoom meeting with a group of local new mums to chat about baby concerns, rant about how your little darlings aren’t sleeping through the night, and discuss ideas for home-cooked grub for your cherubs.
While you might not be able to meet up in vast groups indoors or outdoors at the moment, taking advantage of your time to be outside is crucial. Being indoors all day every day can compound your feelings of loneliness. Put your little one in his or her stroller and take him or her for a walk to the park. Seeing friendly faces, saying hello, and having your little one experience the outdoors and get inspired by nature can stop you from feeling so isolated. Depending on where you are in the country you may be able to meet one other person outdoors. While you need to stay socially distanced you can still chat with another real-life human being in the park or while on a walk.
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If you are in a lockdown situation, your social circle may extend to your partner and your baby. If this is the case, ensure that you set aside some quality time to spend together. Spend some time in the garden, ensure that you set up some virtual meets with pals, have board games nights, and concentrate on getting your little one to sleep through the night. Being with your partner and ensuring that you concentrate on your relationship is also crucial to get through this global pandemic.
Follow this guide and make sure that you can stay social with your baby.