In school and expecting a baby? Here are a few tips to finish your studies and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Having a baby is perhaps the biggest and most pivotal experience of your life. Completing your education is also a major, life-changing experience. When these two experiences collide, it can make a great deal of excitement, but also a fair bit of stress and exhaustion.
Whether you’re in high school, university or working on a professional certification program, it can be tempting to put your education on the back burner when you find out you are pregnant. Suddenly you’re faced with a shift in priorities: all you can—and want to—think about is the arrival of your precious new baby and all of the planning and preparations that you must undertake before your due date. Not to mention, pregnancy can make you tired (growing a baby takes up a lot of energy!) so it can feel overwhelming to keep up the pace.
However, now that you’re becoming a parent, your education is more important than ever. Not only will it make it easier for you to provide for your little one; it will also give you a sense of personal pride and accomplishment which is a crucial part of maintaining a sense of balance.
If you’re pregnant and nearing the end of your education, here are some tips to get you to the finish line.
Set Incremental Goals
Of course, your ultimate goal (if possible) is completing your studies before baby arrives, but when you’re already exhausted, such a lofty milestone can seem impossible to achieve. Keep yourself focused and self-assured by setting smaller goals along the way. That might include dedicating a certain amount of time to studying every week, achieving a certain grade on a test, or passing individual courses. Breaking your education down into smaller goals will make it more manageable, reduce your stress significantly, and give you plenty of achievements to celebrate along the way.
Keep a Schedule
It’s going to be tempting to let your schoolwork pile up as you turn your attention to doctor’s appointments, preparing your nursery and getting yourself mentally prepared for what’s ahead. But the longer you delay your academics, the harder it will be to catch up and you’ll be left feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and may even consider dropping out. Keep a study and assignment schedule to make sure you’re on track and balancing your time.
Take Care of Your Body
A healthy diet, adequate sleep and moderate exercise are important in any pregnancy, but when you need that extra energy to keep up with academics, taking care of your body becomes even more important. Keep your meals and snacks nutrient-packed and make time for physical activity every day and a good sleep every night. This will give you the energy and focus you need to complete your studies.
Have a Support System
You’ll learn as a parent that you’re most successful when you have people around you to support you, listen to you, and help you out when you need it. Make sure you have this support system in place now as you finish your education. Don’t be afraid to turn to friends and family for encouragement, help with studying and emotional support.