So you’ve been home with your squishy newborn for about 3 weeks now. Your immediate family has left, along with the much-needed help they provided, and your hormones are desperately trying to find their new “normal.” Just like your hormones, you are finding your new normal in this crazy world of postpartum.
…Then suddenly it’s like the fog has lifted; you feel a little lonely, your sheets are stained, your clothes don’t fit, and you can’t remember the last time you took a shower. And, God forbid if your baby poops through their diaper one more time….
If you have children, I know you can relate. Oftentimes parents spend so much time taking care of their little ones that they forget to take care of themselves.
There is hope.
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be sharing with you some different ways you can put self-care into practice. And it doesn’t matter if your baby is 1 week, 1 year, or 10 years old, taking time out for “you” time is incredibly important!
For today’s blog we’ll focus on the everyday things we can do for ourselves:
Unplug from social media for an hour… or a day: *gasp!* Yes, I said it. Put your phone or tablet away. I promise, you won’t miss much, aside from the disturbing political rants, cat videos, and MLM sales that occupy our newsfeeds. Social media has a funny way of making us feel “not good enough” when all we see are how “happy” everyone else is.
Read a good book: Or a magazine! Let the laundry go for a day and while baby is napping kick back on your sofa and dive headfirst into something other than Pat the Bunny. You won’t regret it, we promise.
Go for a walk: Remember that baby wrap or carrier that you got at your baby shower? Yep, strap your baby down and go for a stroll at your local park or in your neighborhood. Some vitamin D and fresh air does a body good.
Pray or Meditate: Spirituality is pretty important to most of us, but so is our baby. And sometimes we forget to feed our soul, because we are too busy feeding our baby. Set aside some time daily to pray, read your religious book of choice, journal, call a fellow believer, or meditate.
Set realistic goals: I had a client once who told me that after her first baby was born, her New Year’s Resolution was to take a shower every day. And hey, that isn’t such a bad idea and it’s super realistic. Along with setting goals, have a positive attitude. Find the best in every situation. This part takes training, but be intentional about it.
Dress up: Postpartum life is filled with dirty laundry; most of the time we are still wearing it. After that shower we were talking about, put on your favorite outfit, just because. Curl your hair, just because. Do your makeup, just because. These things can help make us feel normal again, and down-right sexy!
There you have it, a few simple things that can really “feed” you!
And if you want an extra hand making these things happen, hop over to our contact form and check into hiring a postpartum doula 😉
Next week we’ll be discussing some activities you can do weekly to practice more self-care. You don’t want to miss it!
Tell us, what are some things that you do daily to take care of you?