The journey into motherhood can be both magical and extremely overwhelming, having a little one to look after every hour of every day, which can make creating some much-needed time for yourself a very difficult task. Whilst your baby will always be your priority as a parent, it is just as important to look after yourself to ensure you are delivering the best possible care for your child.
Postpartum happiness is super important for parents to avoid feeling stressed, and it is increasingly common for new parents to experience moodiness and misery towards everyday life following the birth of their little one.
There are lots of things you can do to relieve the pressure of the everyday alongside caring for your newborn. It is important to understand you are never alone and should always reach out to a partner, friend, or family member for help so you can take a bath, go for a walk, or catch up with friends.
Doing small and simple activities every single day to boost your mental health will have a huge positive impact on your postpartum life without completely transforming your lifestyle.
Exercise – Put baby in the pushchair and go for a walk to get some fresh air, exercise your body, and clear your mind. Swimming at the local gym is another great way to exercise your body and something you and your little one can bond over.
Relax – Your body has endured excruciating pressure and strain the last few months, soaking in the bath or if you’re lucky, treating yourself to a little spa day is a great way to unwind and destress.
Socialise – Keeping in contact with friends and relatives you may not have seen in a while is important to maintain relationships and ensure you feel surrounded with a great support system. Organize a coffee date or family get together to catch up – I’m sure they’ll be dying to meet your little one!
Eat Clean – Junk food, although delicious, takes its toll on your health making you feel drained and tired. Ensure your diet is full of the right nutrients to replenish your body, restore strength and keep you feeling fuller for longer.