Oh, that enthralling feeling of pure bliss and happiness as you’re holding your little one in your arms; there’s nothing like it in the world. Yes, this is what true love and joy
However, you mustn’t forget about your own happiness and well-being, or your emotional, psychological, and physical health.
So many of us tend to put our own needs on the
This is no way to enjoy motherhood with all your heart, so let’s take a look at the five self-care tips that will make the time spent with your child that much more rewarding and enjoyable.
Start with slow and steady exercise
Yes, it will seem impossible at first as you’re getting used to your baby’s schedule and you’re “always on-call” throughout the day and night. However, as the weeks go by, you will find yourself getting a handle on your routine once more.
If you have the loving support of your significant other and family members, getting back into regular exercise becomes even easier. It doesn’t have to take you more than fifteen minutes a day to start feeling energized and stronger, both physically and emotionally.
Start with a few sets of the most basic exercises at home, such as planks, air squats, and a few pushups. Add exercises as you become stronger, and you will start feeling like a true fitness momma!
Check out these great Postpartum Exercises from Live Core Strong for some simple ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routine.
Treat yourself to a spa day
Collapsing on the couch as soon as your little one falls asleep might sound better than any tropical getaway right about now. But the reality is that you need to get out of the house every once in a while if you want to restore your emotional and psychological energy.
The best way to do that
Nothing fancy. Nothing over the top. Just you, a masseuse, and some peace and quiet. Think it’s unrealistic to go “off the grid” for an hour every week? Just remind yourself how much you need and deserve this.
You can’t achieve your true potential as a mom if you’re constantly burnt out and stressed. So leave your bundle of joy with dad, prep everything they might need while you’re away, and make yourself unavailable for that one hour of pure me-time.
It will make all the difference and your family will be happy you did.
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Stay in touch with your friends
When life becomes too busy for us to maintain our pre-baby routine, the first thing we tend to forgo
It may seem that on your list of priorities, friends should come last behind your children, career, marriage, house cleaning, etc. At least that is what we tend to tell ourselves.
However, putting your social life low on the list of priorities will negatively impact your mental health, so make it a habit to get together with friends as often as possible.
Whether you’re letting loose and having a few drinks or just venting about your crazy toddler’s antics, it helps to have close friends when in need.
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Reconnect with your significant other
Don’t distance yourself from your significant other. This tends to happen without you even realizing it, so you need to stay present and mindful of your needs and the needs of your soulmate.
Whether it’s regular physical contact, small displays of affection, or regular date nights while grandma is taking care of the baby, make it a priority to keep the flame alive between you two.
It may seem tough amidst the chaos of family to make time for one another, but being the best parents starts with a happy and loving marriage.
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Reinvent the nursery and playroom to fit your needs
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or working part-time, the truth is that you will be spending most of your time taking care of your little loved one. Even when they are asleep, you will still spend time gazing at your child, or at the very least you will want to be by their side.
So naturally, you need to make yourself as comfortable as possible when you’re with them.
One of the biggest mistakes new parents make is creating the nursery with the baby in mind, when in fact, you should design the nursery according to your needs as a mom. You’re the one that will really be needing all the convenience out of it, especially in those early months.
Whether you’re breastfeeding or simply reading a book as your child is sleeping, you want to be sitting in a cozy egg chair that will cocoon you and make you and your baby feel safe and comfortable.
Likewise, make sure every surface is elevated so that you never have to bend over – you want to protect your lower back at all times and avoid fatigue.
Put a comfy rug into the nursery to protect your feet and make sure there is plenty of warm lighting to prevent eye strain and mental fog.
This goes the same for a playroom. You may be in there often still entertaining your child when they are young. Adult-sized chairs, television, and soft rugs are great to have for a mom’s confort, as well.
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No matter how much your own well-being might seem insignificant right now, you need to take a step back and realize that a big part of motherhood is your own happiness.
Make these five habits a part of your weekly routine, and you will enjoy your new role as a mom with all your heart.
About the Author
Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography.
Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places.