Did you get a new baby for Christmas?
If you're celebrating the arrival of your new baby, your New Year's welcome might be a little different this year.
Being a new mom can be nerve wracking and making resolutions for yourself might just seem unrealistic. However, with all your new responsibilities you should be devoting some attention to your physical, spiritual and emotional health in the new year.
Devoting time to improving yourself isn't selfish, it's maintenance.
Self care is important and physical self care is only a part of what will improve your postpartum health over the next few months.
Here's a few areas we think every new mom could nurture in 2017.
Focus on Your Physical Health
Now that your baby is here it's time to start feeling like yourself again. You can see your feet and that's a good place to start. Even though you might be anxious to shrink your post-baby belly back down to size, giving yourself 6 weeks or more of recovery time and rest is really important. You've been through some serious work over the past nine months and you've earned some rest and relaxation.
When it's time to get back into a routine, start by taking walks with your baby. You'll be getting a welcome change of scenery and have a chance to incorporate a low impact exercise regimen into your busy schedule. Remember that your physical health starts from within; your belly to be more specific. Making healthier choices in the foods you eat will help you boost your energy, immune system and even lactation supply.
Give Your Emotional Health a Boost
Nutrition and exercise seem like the more popular resolutions at the helm of the new year, but what about your emotional health? Adjusting to life with a newborn can be emotionally draining. Confidence takes a serious drop and it only leaves new mothers feeling more fatigued, tired and stressed. Make a resolution to focus on your emotional health and incorporate self care into your daily routine.
Self care can be a simple 15 minutes for coffee in the morning, a hot shower at night to wind down your day or some extra time getting yourself dolled up. Focusing on yourself is difficult when you have a new baby, but it's so important to strengthen your self esteem during your postpartum recovery.
Find a Support System and Practice Self Affirmation
Sometimes you need to hear that you're doing a great job and everything will work out. No matter how difficult it might seem to juggle all the new tasks on your plate, it's important to remember that everything will work itself out. Having the support of a postpartum doula through this process can give you round' the clock support when you need it most and with a care plan that is customized to your family's needs.
A daily dose of self affirmation is important and each day you should reward yourself with a few words of wisdom. Whether it's a quote that makes you feel proud or inspired, a healthy support system starts with you. This year, start each day feeling a little more empowered and enlightened and you'll take charge of your emotional health.
No matter what your new years resolutions are, set realistic goals for yourself and don't be afraid to reward yourself for every small accomplishment.
Cheers to all the new moms of 2016 and the ones to be in the year ahead, we look forward to a Happy New Year of healthy babies and happy families.