Caring for yourself postpartum can be challenging as a new parent. Your newborn may take up all of your energy and attention. It can be hard to find the time to take a shower or go to the bathroom when you want to. You may even need reminders to eat and brush your teeth. Parenting a newborn can be an all-consuming job!
Your self-care is going to look different now that you are a parent. Self-care pre-baby may have meant meditating, going to get a massage or regular exercise classes. Letting go of the fact that self care won't look the same will help you surrender to the new flow of things.
Creating a ritual of caring for yourself is important for your overall well-being and mental health. Here are some ways for you to implement self-care.
* Nourish yourself. Eat nutrient-dense food.
* Accept help if offered.
* Ask for help. Asking for help shows strength.
* Move your body. Walking is a great choice postpartum.
* Sleep. Cat nap when baby naps.
* Connect with nature. Put your feet in the dirt and look up at the sky.
* Fresh Air. Take 5 deep belly breaths.
* Set boundaries. No is a complete sentence.
* Meditate. Try 5 minutes in the morning.
* Hobby - Do something that you love. It's important to have heart work outside of parenting.
* Date night with a partner, friend, or yourself!
Setting the intention to practice caring for yourself during pregnancy will get you in the habit and will follow you into postpartum. Modeling self-care for your children is so important. It shows that you value yourself and will teach your child/children to value themselves.
By Lindsey Bliss
Photo: Naomi Vonk