8 Self-Care Tips for New Moms....
Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is the belief that you are worthy of a healthy and joyful life. Self-care is fueled by self-love, self-worth and self-advocacy. As a mother, you are acutely attuned to your baby's cries, but please honor and tend to your own cries for self-care. Here are a just a few self care tips...(in no particular order)
1. Sleep when your baby sleeps! #1 on my list for reason. You hear it all the time, but it takes discipline to actually do it! Tending to your babies needs throughout the day and night is exhausting! Taking naps and going to bed early is not an indulgence it is a necessity!
2. Stay hydrated and plan for nourishing meals. Keep a glass of water by your side all day long- especially if you are breastfeeding. Plan your meals for each week and make large casseroles and soups that can be easily warmed up. Sit down at a table for at least one meal a day.
3. Buy some postpartum clothes. You may be months away from fitting into those skinny jeans, so consider investing in a new sweater or two or a cute dress and some stretchy leggings. It's amazing what a little retail therapy can do to lift the spirit.
4. Get out of the house! Getting out and spending time with friends and family is good for the soul and will help you feel like yourself again. Maybe find a mom group in your area. Having a "mommy community" lightens the load of motherhood and gives you a safe welcoming place to share joys and woes.
5. Give yourself a treat! Get a *massage or a manicure or any treatment that makes you feel special. Seriously, do it! I know it may be hard to time feedings and get out the door, but you deserve a little pampering. Remember you work hard and you are worth it!
6. Exercise. After you receive the go-ahead from your doctor find ways to incorporate exercise into your weekly routine. A great way to do that is to find ways to exercise with your baby. Get out for walks, join a baby & me yoga class, (if you are reading this blog you likely have) or take an hour for yourself to hit the gym…whatever you like! Just do it! Don’t worry about exercising to get your body back, (9 months on, 9 months off…quite possibly more), but exercise for your mood. The benefits are real and proven.
7. Get ready for the day. Getting ready for the day really helps to avoid the blues. There may be days when you may not see anyone and it would be so easy to stay sloppy all day, but it’s not good for your mood. Take a nice hot shower, blow dry your hair & get dressed….even if you’re not going to see anyone all day.
8. Establish a routine. I know some people love schedules and some don’t, but in my humble opinion a routine or a schedule is super helpful in maintaining sanity as a new mom. Find a routine that works for you and your family and stick with it. Everyone will benefit and eventually you will be able to take more time for yourself because you’ll know your baby’s schedule.
*If you are looking for a great place to get a prenatal or regular massage, check out Soma Studios: They offer therapeutic massage, prenatal massage & even infant massage. They just opened a brand new studio location in Kits! https://somastudios.ca/massage-therapy-rmt/
From my heart to yours...