Life with a newborn means you have lots of priorities and likely very little sleep. As a new parent, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed but take a few tips from us to help you find peace of mind, body and soul.
1.Self-care — We’re not saying a face mask is going to make everything better, but it certainly helps! Do little things for yourself to bring some joy and relaxation into your daily life. Additionally, if you let your diet and exercise suffer, your mind and body will not feel the best either. Eat well and exercise to get those endorphins and energy up (and stress down!)
2.Baby Blues – After giving birth, your body goes through a rollercoaster of hormonal changes. A woman’s estrogen levels drop dramatically after birth, meaning you may feel a little down. Some women also experience a drop in thyroid levels, possibly causing loss of energy and mood swings. These factors (combined with the new role you’ve taken on) can lead to what is known as baby blues. If you notice yourself feeling this way, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re doing great mama! Know you are not alone and getting a little help is also going to help your little one.
3.Time with your Significant other – It’s easy to become lost in the world of your little one. Between sleepless nights and changing diapers, spending quality time with your significant other can be an ah-mazing escape. Spending time together not only helps bring the romance back, but also a sense of normalcy that you two used to have. As hard as it is, having time outside of taking care of your baby is uber important.
- You’re not alone – Though you may feel totally alone at times, it doesn’t always have to be that way! Don’t be afraid to accept help, whether that’s from your friends or family. Accept that pre-made dinner, that offer to babysit, or whatever else comes your way. On the other side, don’t be afraid to ask for help, too! Some days, when your tired laundry is the last thing you want to do. Services such as Task Rabbit alleviate that chore for you for just a small price.
- Expectations – Be as realistic as you can. No, your child won’t instantly sleep through the night. Sometimes they might eat too much, or not enough and some days you may feel like you just want to cry. When you have realistic expectations, you reduce future disappointment and frustration. Raising a baby is going to be tough and unpredictable at times, but you’ll realize at the end of the day it’s completely worth it.