Once you become a new mom, your self-care routine can become a thing of the past. Nothing else matters more than the health and welfare of your new baby, which puts everything else on the back burner. It can seem at times that there isn’t enough time in the day for much else than feeding, changing, bathing, and sleep training. Most times, new mothers barely sleep, constantly feel overwhelmed, and are lucky to find time to shower or even eat throughout the day. Here are some tips for all of you stressed out new mommies who are having trouble balancing all of your responsibilities.
1. Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
New mothers are probably all-too-familiar with this tip as it’s listed in most parenting books you will find out there, but for good reason. Experts agree that laying down to sleep once you’ve put your newborn down for a nap or for the night will do wonders for your personal health and wellness in the long-run. Although it may be difficult to fight the urge to do household chores or clean while your baby rests, it’s important to get into the habit of trying to fall asleep whenever your child is safe and sound in their crib. If you find that you can’t sleep because your mind is racing, try relaxing activities such as meditating, drinking tea or whatever way you usually destress before bed.
2. Don’t Neglect Your Hygiene
As it was stated earlier in this article, new moms often feel as though they don’t have the time for many everyday tasks, even those as simple as showering and eating. This is very common, as you may feel that you don’t want to step away from your child for even a second. But personal hygiene is important and neglecting these activities can lead to long-term mental and physical health problems, especially after giving birth. Even if it’s only once a day, take the time to shower, change your clothes, brush your hair and eat a warm meal. Sometimes new mothers struggle with ailments such as hair loss, breakouts, and other blemishes. If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, don’t be afraid to visit your doctor, or consult an online telemedicine site where you can be prescribed a high-strength acne cream, vitamins and supplements, as well as many other personal healthcare treatments. Take care of yourself the same way you would your baby because your health is just as important as theirs.
3. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself
Every mom at some point will find herself questioning the decisions she makes, and more often than not, fearing that she either isn’t doing enough or doing something wrong. This is completely normal. You love your child and want to do everything you can to ensure their health and safety. But the important thing to remember is that everyone makes mistakes, and you’re doing a great job regardless of your many self-doubts. Let your motherly instincts kick in and do what you think is best for your child, regardless of the advice of others. Moms always know what’s best for their children and your parenting skills will only get better over time.
4. Find Other New Parents
Many new parents find themselves suffering from loneliness and depression due to the isolation that can often occur after birth. With a newborn, it’s normal to be stuck at home all day, with very little contact to the outside world. It’s important that you find time to interact with friends, family and especially other new parents in your community. If you took a Lamaze class before giving birth, or take your child to daycare, don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with those who are sharing your experience. Although it may feel like you’re alone, there are others facing the same challenges that you are, and having people you can lean on in a time of need is crucially important for new parents. Schedule play dates, go on walks together or start a mommy-and-me group where new mothers can socialize. You’ll be surprised by how much you can learn from these interactions!
5. Never Be Afraid to Ask For Help
No new parent knows everything there is to know about childcare. Motherhood is not taught to anyone — you must learn by experience. There will be many times that you feel like you can’t do it alone and that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to call on loved ones or those close to you for help if/when you need it. No one expects you to be the perfect parent, and you should never feel too proud to seek guidance. Regardless of how many baby books you’ve read, or research you’ve done, being a new mom is difficult and takes time to learn. If you are ever feeling isolated, depressed or having any kind of mental health issue, it’s important you consult your doctor. Never ignore any abnormalities or put off making an appointment because you think you’re too busy. Do what’s best for you and your baby, and remember you will always be a super mom in their eyes.