Self care tips for new mothers
When you’ve a new arrival at home, they can quickly become the sole focus of attention – quite understandably!
However, giving your newborn the best care possible means ensuring that your wellbeing needs are met too.
That’s why it’s vitally important for young mothers to exercise self-care during what can be a tiring, intense, but hugely rewarding time.
Paying close attention to your mental health allows you to take the steps to prevent stress from getting on top of you.
If you’re not feeling on top of the world, there’s no reason to feel embarrassed or alone. These issues are more common than you would think. Let’s take a look at how you can best practice self-care…
Rest up while your baby’s asleep
You’ll probably have been told that you should be sleeping when your baby does, but it can be tough to nod off on their schedule. It’s important not to get too stressed if you find it tough to fall asleep. Even just resting can be of huge benefit, so keep doing what you’re doing – which should be as little as possible!
Lie down, do some light reading, listen to music or meditate to recharge your batteries before your baby stirs.
Reduce your expectations
We’re all prone to trying to project the perfect image. Social media can amplify feelings of inadequacy if we’re struggling and not seeing anyone else in a similar predicament. Rest assured, you’re not alone. Motherhood is the ultimate learning process, so don’t expect to get every little thing right.
Enjoy mindful moments
Practicing day-to-day mindfulness can help nip negativity in the bud. It is a solid self-compassion exercise that can turn stressful moments into cherished ones with your child. When feeding your baby, for example, concentrate on how they look, smell, and feel. Take deep breaths and focus on your bond in real-time.
Exercise in a way that suits you
Hitting the gym will likely be pretty far down your list of priorities, but any effort you can make to get moving will pay dividends for your health and headspace. Going for regular leisurely walks is a good place to start. Finding a hobby that gets you active, such as yoga, can also be a great way to ease back into an active lifestyle.
Use your support structure
To find time for anything other than your baby, you need to lean on other people. Whether it’s your partner, friends or family, try to be open and honest about your struggles so they know how to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to delegate tasks that you can’t manage.
Even catching up with friends can lift your mood and ensure you don’t feel isolated. If you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed, there are wider support structures available.
Your GP should be your first port-of-call if you have any concerns.
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