Being a new parent can be stressful, we all know that. As a new mom, you always want to do what’s best for your child and with your changing body and hormones, it sometimes gets a little tough to navigate these waters well.
Stress, anxiety, loss of sleep and eating habits can take a toll on the body, but more importantly, it can affect the mind. The only thing that’s on your mind is the well-being of your baby. Don’t worry though, staying positive will reap its benefits, and you can start by taking care of yourself - a process that is super important for new moms.
Self Care For Moms:
In such cases, it’s important that you take up the mantle upon yourself to take care of your mental wellbeing. It can be highly stressful and you could end up giving yourself a lot of flak, but you need to identify these triggers. Reports also say that 78% of moms put off taking care of themselves to care for their family members.
This is a lesson that almost every parent has had to learn the hard way. It can be easy to continue the pattern that’s been established in the early days where you put the children’s needs first, and grab a nap or eat something only when they’re taken care of, or asleep.
You also end up putting away meeting friends because there just doesn’t seem any time for you to do any of that. You need to understand the importance of taking care of yourself, because only then will the baby be healthy too.
Stress/anxiety can make it harder to produce good-quality breast milk as well.
If you feel like you want to get back into the groove of your older life and begin taking control, here are a few tips that you can follow:
Book Doctor Visits:
By booking yourself doctor visits, you’ll be taking care of your physical and mental health. You can talk to the doctor about the problems you’re facing and they’ll be able to give you sound advice. Get a baby carry bag to ensure your baby stays comfortable during the visit.
Get More Sleep/Reach Out:
Try to align your sleep cycle with that of the baby, so that you get enough rest. Ensure that you’re getting at least 7 hours - ideally through the night.
If you’re not able to get the required amount of hours, there’s no harm in asking for some support. Reaching out for help is one of the first steps to ensuring you and your baby enjoy better days going forward.
Meditation can have numerous benefits for new moms. You can free yourself of tension and regain focus with which you can feel lighter and happier. Another form of meditation is actually listening to calming music. It can reduce your anxiety levels by up to 75%. Also, dancing it out is a great way to stay relaxed. It sounds crazy, but do it and you’ll begin feeling lighter!
Follow these tips and you’ll well be on your way to being a super mom who can juggle various activities and tasks with ease.