You know the saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.”
It is easy to let the needs of your baby, partner, home, and life get in the way of taking care of yourself. This is a reminder to take care of YOU!
Self-Care is vital for us all, especially new moms!
Here are a few self-care tips for new moms.
We get it; having a newborn that doesn’t sleep throughout the night is tough. When you can, make sleep a priority. For example, nap when your baby naps. If you are struggling to get consistent sleep, ask your partner or a loved one to care for your baby for a few hours while you get some shut-eye.
Ask for help
Friends and family members are more than happy to help and hold a newborn, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help cleaning, cooking or watching your baby while you run an errand or take a shower! Trust us; your loved ones are waiting for you to ask - who doesn’t love spending time with a baby?!
Wait until you get the okay from your doctor; once you do, try going on walks around the neighborhood or an at-home yoga session. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help improve your mood! If you are not ready for cardio or yoga, a good place to start is stretching daily to build up flexibility before you move into a more rigorous exercise routine.
If you treated yourself to a monthly massage, new book, or weekly latte, continue doing that. You deserve the time and to take care of your body and mental health in a way that feels good to you, and part of that is treating yourself.
Stick to a routine
We know with a new baby, flexibility is important - when you can try to establish as much of a routine as possible. Do the routine things you did before you had a baby. Do you like to get up, go for a walk, and read? Or maybe you like to meditate, shower and write at night. The parts of your pre-baby routine you can integrate into your routine now will be beneficial for you and establish a tighter routine when you return to work.
Continue working on a hobby
Even if it is just 5 minutes a day, connecting to something meaningful is beneficial for your mental health. Love to write? Have a few journals throughout the house and write in them when you have downtime. Love plants? Pick up a growing kit at your local garden store and grow a little indoor garden of flowers or herbs!
Essential self-care starts with eating nourishing foods, getting enough sleep, and drinking water. These tips are just a few of the many ways new moms can integrate self-care into their new lives. Bringing home a new baby can be exciting and stressful at the same time, continuing to connect with your own needs will help you care for your baby.