Self Care New Mothers
How are you coping as a new mother? I remember feeling completely overwhelmed at first. It was all so new and terrifying and I was in pain and exhausted. Of course, the love was overwhelming too, I felt love for my little one coursing through every vein in my body.
I remember thinking, I have never felt so needed in my life. While mostly this made me feel amazing, I found being needed that much can feel like both a blessing and a curse, at times.
Two things were my saving grace in those early days – my hubby’s help and meeting up with Mommy friends who were going through the same thing at the same time. Come to think of it, there were a few more things that helped me cope… all of them are covered in the contributed post below. #selfcarenewmothers
7 Magic Mommy Methods To Help Soothe Your Stresses and Strains
When you became a mother you knew that your entire life, thought processes and priorities would change forever. You wouldn’t change anything for the world, because your little ones are now your life, heart and soul.
You will admit now that you haven’t been treating yourself much lately, your sole focus is to provide a happy, healthy life for your little ones and that often means you are neglecting yourself.
There are a few ways that you can relieve the stresses and strains from your life, so consider these seven heavenly ideas to set yourself free for once.
1. The Perfect Pattern
Getting into a good pattern with your new baby or little one will not only help them, but it will also give you some light relief. There are many elements that can improve sleep quality in newborns, so make sure you have all of the relevant things in place.
From the temperature of the room to comfort of the mattress every little thing can contribute to the comfort of your baby. If they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep then this will have a knock-on effect on your quality of sleep too. Putting your little one first in this circumstance will help you out in the long run.
2. Enjoy the Precious Moments
Instead of getting caught up how many dishes you have to wash and how much laundry needs to be tackled, you should try and savour the precious moments with your little one.
Sometimes the small things can make memories to last a lifetime, so worry less and smile more. You will never have your child at such a small age again so remember and document as much of it as you possibly can.
3. Positive Mental Attitude
When things start to feel overwhelming it is important to stay calm and positive. Whether you are worried about money, the future or simply day to day issues, you need to remain optimistic.
When you wake up every morning tell yourself one positive thing about your life at that moment; be grateful for everything you have and seize the day from that moment.
When you haven’t slept in weeks and everything gets on top of you it can be extremely difficult to snap out of negative thoughts. It will be a huge stress reliever if you can remain positive even during the darkest times.
4. Don’t Lose Your Personal Passions
Even though your baby has become the centre of your world it is important to keep those special parts of your personality close by. Many mothers can lose a sense of their own personal worth because they become so focused on their child.
If you started a business recently then try and keep up with it. If you used to love going to yoga then keep that going too. The more you keep up with your personal passions the more you will feel like yourself.
5. Grown Up Company Is Needed
Being in the company of a tiny baby and little children every day of the week can be exhausting to say the least. You wouldn’t want to change it for the world but sometimes you just want to have a cup of tea and talk to adults like yourself.
It is completely normal to feel like this, so never feel shame or guilt. Get your best friend, sister or co-worker round for a catch up so you can truly get your mental state back on track.
6. Share the Load
Don’t take on all of the responsibilities yourself and make sure you are getting the help you need to get by. Your partner should be a huge support to you, so make sure you are sharing the load of tasks and chores around the house.
You will go mad if you are left doing every single piece of housework. Don’t be afraid to speak out and share your worries; they will be there to support you through everything.
7. Dreamy Downtime
You need to take time out to just relax once in a while. Even if you can only have ten minutes to yourself each day it will be a huge help to your stress levels.
Have a bubble bath, read a book or even take a nap; do whatever helps you to switch off your mind for a few minutes.
So relax, share the workload and enjoy those precious moments with your baby. Everything will get easier as long as you remain happy, calm and positive.
What self care methods have helped you the most as a new mother? Do you have help? Do you feel supported? Are you remembering to take care of yourself?