Being a new mom is physically and mentally exhausting. The first few weeks go by in a blur of diaper changes, feedings, nighttime interruptions, and visitors. It is very important for everyone to practice self-care but especially important as a new mama. Before children it was so easy. Now, it might require scheduling and a helpful partner.
1. Get pampered. (Not Pampers!)
As simple as taking a bath or shower. Take some time and deep consist ion your hair. Scrub off that 3 week old nail polish and give yourself a pedicure. Better yet, get someone else to give you one. Get a massage. Have your hubby/partner rub your back.
2. Get social.
New moms especially. Call up your friends and hang out. Moms crave socializing with other adults. Even if all you can talk about is poop and how baby John just learned how to roll over. If you have someone to watch the baby (& you are able to leave baby for a few hours) go grab some dinner with hubby. Yeah, pump some milk, leave the formula, grandma has got this. In Toronto there are plenty of free mom groups - take advantage.
3. Get moving.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to feel great. In the early postpartum weeks go for walks and later on find a Yoga Babies at Toronto Yoga Mamas class or go for a run. There are a ton of at-home workouts that are easy to get done over the course of a nap time. I personally used my baby as a weight doing squats, lunges, kettle bells (no, just kidding!).
4. Get into nature
Getting out into nature is so good for you. Take David Suzuki's 30x30 challenge and spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. If you can't hold yourself to that, take a buddy, or post it on social media. It will energize you, lighten your mood, and be a change of scenery.
5. Get into your thing.
That thing you do just for you. Some read books, others like to cook. I like to watch a movie or whip up a scrumptious baked good. Whatever it is, do it and take the time to enjoy it.
I hope that you have been able to take some time for self-care today. You deserve it.
Tell me what you like to do for self-care. I would love to hear it.