We know that once baby arrives, your whole world is flipped upside down and your whole routine changes. Instead of waking up in the morning and taking a long shower followed by breakfast and coffee and followed by some quiet “you time”, it is now replaced by diaper changes, feedings, and long cries for mom or dad. Your every minute is spent taking care of another human being, and we know that your self-care routine now seems like a distant memory. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some self-care tips for you from us.
Sleep or rest when your baby does! If you find it hard to sleep during the day when your baby does, then sit down and read a magazine, sip on a cup of coffee or tea, and relax. Another tip – DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT. You aren’t supposed to go on a cleaning spree every time your baby is asleep. You are supposed to take care of yourself to ensure that you can perform at your best when baby is awake. Listen to your body, and acknowledge how you are feeling. You’re tired, and we don’t blame you for feeling that way.
Find community! Say it after me, “You are not alone in this. It takes a village.” New moms often find themselves feeling alone after baby is born, and that’s common. Stay connected with your friends and family as much as you can, and ask for help when help is needed. Like we said, you are not alone in this! Finding a local group of moms may be extremely validating at this time in your life. Support from someone who is going through motherhood as well is very uplifting, and helps ease the feeling of loneliness.
Take a step back, take it all in. Day-to-day life with a baby is long, tiring and a never-ending battle with the “Am I doing good enough?” thoughts. Stop for a moment – look at your baby right now and congratulate yourself for being the resilient, strong, butt-kicking person you are. In the midst of your crazy new life, you are taking care of a tiny human being. Positive affirmations are everything. The voice of self-doubt will no doubt creep up on you. That’s when you kick it to the curb and see the beautiful baby you’re raising and pat yourself on the back. Some days are better than others, but every day is a blessing and you need to remind yourself of that.
Keep moving! We know that your days after baby start to seem long, and that takes a toll on your body and mind. This may look like bouncing baby in your arms around the house, taking a yoga class online while baby is napping, walking around the block, taking laps around the mall or Target, or simply doing some light stretches. You’ll find that this keeps you busy and active! Your body will stay refreshed, and so will your mind. You don’t have to run a marathon now; just staying on your feet at times when you’d just be sitting on the couch goes a long way. But remember – getting in some relaxation time is important, too 🙂
When you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, take some time for yourself – a “fill your glass” moment if you will. You do not have to feel guilty for it. You deserve that time, and once you’ve taken the time to calm your nerves, your time with baby will be better because of it. You’re doing a great job. Tell yourself that every day.
With Love, the Baby Discovery Box Team