Self-Care For New Parents

 

Bringing a new life into the world is exciting and stressful! You are now responsible for another life that is dependent on you 24/7. With the added responsibilities of taking care of your home, possibly other children, and returning to work - it can all feel overwhelming.

If you are starting to feel overwhelmed and frazzled, that is a sign you need to prioritize yourself and schedule some much-needed self-care.

Prioritize sleep:

We know it easier said than done - when your little one goes down, rest and nap with them. If you are struggling to get quality sleep, ask your partner or a friend to watch your baby while you get some shut-eye.

Establish a routine:

Having a routine is good for you and your baby. Once your baby adjusts to life at home, and a somewhat normal sleep and eating schedule, continue to follow that routine. Before bed at night, diffuse lavender, close the curtains, and give your baby a little massage with calming cream to signify it is bedtime. In the morning, open the curtains, talk to your baby, and get them dressed for the day. Establishing even the smallest habits when possible will help when routines become more necessary for going back to work and daycare.

Connect with loved ones:

Chatting with family and friends is easier than ever before. If your sister lives across the country, Facetime her and catch up on her life. However, you want to connect with family and friends - virtually or in person, keep it regular as it will help to boost your mood!

Move your body:

Moms, when you get the a-okay from your doctor, you can ease into a gentle exercise routine - a walk, yoga, or stretching is a great way to care for your body.

Treat yourself:

Before your bundle of joy entered your life, did you grab a latte on Fridays before work, or pick up take-out at your favorite restaurant on Saturdays? Whatever it may be, continue to treat yourself to little things when you can, it will help you stay in your routine and keep you connected to small pleasures.

Ask for help:

It takes a village, no really it does! There’s no shame in reaching out and asking for help from your family and friends. They are probably waiting for you to ask them to come over - who doesn’t love holding a baby?!

Do something you love:

If you don’t have the time or energy to pursue your hobby of woodworking or gardening at the moment, do something relaxing - reading or watching a movie is a great way to unwind after a long day.

The most important thing you can do as a new parent is to take care of yourself, make sure your basic needs are met - get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and well-nourished. When you feel good, you show up as the best version of yourself for your baby. Remember, it is okay to ask for help and reach out if you are not feeling like yourself.