Written by a contributing writer
Although it can be one of the most exciting times in your life, becoming a new parent is also quite isolating. The friends that you had pre-baby often aren’t on the same wavelength as you, especially when it comes to going out and prioritizing your day. Those who have chosen to stay at home with their child/children may be missing the general chatter of work-life and it can be hard to reach out to somebody to indicate that you just want a familiar voice to listen to. However, there are ways to overcome this feeling - and some may just help you to make some new friends on the journey.
Get Out To … Exercise
Exercising isn’t usually something that’s at the forefront of most new parents’ minds, especially as they’re just trying to establish some form of routine with their baby. However, when the time comes that you want to venture outside a little more, you need to look at the options that are available to you. There are both mothers and fathers who run with a jogging stroller, and it may be easier than you think to partner up with somebody who’s willing once you’ve seen a couple of them. You can learn more about jogging strollers and what you will need to do in order to run with one effectively, but they’re pretty simple to get the hang of. Holding on to the determination to regularly exercise can be hard when so much is going on. But the more exercise that you’re doing with your child, the better example you’re setting for them - and the more endorphins you are releasing to yourself.
Get Out To … Baby Groups
If you’re not already part of a baby group, have a look around online for the nearest one that’s operating near you. The best place to ask is Facebook, as there will always be people willing to give you recommendations should you put out a status. The more that you go and get out to places like this, the more interaction time it gives your child with other children. This is so important for their development and the skills that they will be picking up on before they go off to school. Not only that, but it gives you a much-needed break to catch up with other moms and talk to an adult - if only for an hour!
Get Out To … Meet-Ups
The great thing about the internet is that it has provided a great community for parents to come together. Whether it’s on a dedicated forum such as NetMums, or even through a group on Facebook or Twitter, there will always be somebody out there who’s going through the same as you. Even logging on at a horrific time of the morning during night feed, you will almost always be able to speak to somebody who can offer words of advice or wisdom. Occasionally, these groups will plan meetups for all of the parents who are part of them to meet in person. If it’s happening near to you, tell a friend or family member where and when you’re going and set off to meet your friends.