Any mother will tell you that they feel pretty exhausted.
In fact, there was a study conducted recently that found that parents are working just under 100 hours a week on average, and getting only around 17 minutes of free-time to themselves each day.
Pretty surprising, right?
If parents aren’t taking care of themselves, then they can quickly lead to burnout. How can they care for others when they are feeling so exhausted themselves? Which is why self-care is so important, but especially for new mothers.
The early stages of having a baby are some of the most physically exhausting that you will ever experience. Taking time for some self-care is going to help you to have more patience, passion, and energy for all that life entails. Here are some strategies to help:
- Writing a journal or perhaps a blog online. Even for just ten minutes a day or so can be something that is just for you. It takes your mind elsewhere and allows you get out some thoughts and feelings onto paper, rather than going around in your mind.
- Making time to have a hot drink when it is hot can be a small reward in this busy mum-life. So make time for one during nap time and enjoy alone and in peace.
- Meeting up with a friend can be a good way to talk, have fun, and simple get out of the house. If you have someone that can watch the baby, then just meeting them for a walk or for a coffee can be a really good thing to do.
- There has been a lot in recent years about colouring books for adults, but they really can be a great tool for mindfulness. There are many printables that you can find online, from sites like https://www.happinessishomemade.co.uk/. Grab yourself a book and make a wonderful creation; really take your time with it.
- If you are nursing your baby, then getting a nursing chair from somewhere like https://teddyone.uk/ can be a good way to relax and get rest all while you are feeding your baby. Give yourself time to rest, rather than rush, and it will make a difference.
- There are good and bad sides to everything, and one of those things is social media. But in a way to feel good and uplift others, take ten or twenty minutes to go on a social media kindness spree where you just leave positive comments or like people’s posts. It can really help you to feel good.
- Writing lists, as similar to writing above, can be a good way to get things off your mind. If you generally find that you get quite stressed or anxious, then writing a list of things that are weighing on your mind can be really helpful. Then you can almost work through them in a to-do list.
- Exercise can be a great way to look after yourself when you are a new mum. It could just be walk with the baby in the pushchair, rather than a HIIT workout, but getting outside and moving will make you feel good.
It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you put some time away to do something.
Do you have any ideas to add to the list? Perhaps leave them in the comments below.
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