Pregnancy comes with a lot of expectations.
Some pregnant women may be surprised to find that they are feeling lonely.
Here are some ways you can tackle loneliness:
1. Acknowledge How You Feel
The first thing to do is to acknowledge how you feel. Don’t try to ignore how you feel or push it to the back of your mind, instead, acknowledge it so that you can start to deal with it.
2. Reach Out
Make a conscious effort to tell someone you trust how you feel.
3. Interact With Your Baby
Once you begin to feel your baby moving around inside you, that’s when it starts to hit home that you’re not really on your own anymore.
To feel less alone, do things that make your baby react to you — or even interact with you, like singing, reciting poems, dancing, etc.
4. Get Enough Exercise
Exercise may naturally increase serotonin and dopamine levels in your body, offering a mental health boost.
5. Take Time To Rest
Getting enough sleep can improve your mood and helps the mind deal with stress.
6. Watch Your Diet
Foods containing caffeine, sugar, processed carbohydrates and artificial additives can negatively impact your mood and mental clarity.
7. Make Effort To Communicate
Even if you are not feeling up to going out or visiting others, you can still reach out with a call or FaceTime to chat to help ease that feeling of loneliness.
8. Talk To People You See
Talking with people you see everyday, at the grocery store or the bank, helps to tackle loneliness.
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