Once you become a parent, it becomes near impossible to put yourself first.
It's important for parents to stay in touch with themselves and take the opportunity to practice self care on a regular basis.
Doing things that nurture your pre-baby relationships and your physical health will regulate mood and keep the family from feeling overwhelmed.
Work some self care into your weekly routine and you'll be feeling like yourself again in no time.
It's easy to resort to comfy pajamas and dry shampoo when you're on the front lines of those first few weeks postpartum. New moms lose track of their self care rituals while they're trying to tackle a new routine at home. With a postpartum doula around you can take the opportunity to sleep restfully, shower, have some breakfast and keep your physical state on the up and up.
Take the time each day to do a little something to boost your confidence or relax. It could be a bath with some fancy bath products, painting your nails, or styling your hair with some extra attention. Giving yourself the luxury of some extra time to "doll up" works wonders for banishing stress and keeping you in touch with your pre-baby identity.
But what about you, not just the mom or dad version of you?
Caring for yourself helps you feel your absolute best. Eat well and live well and everything else will fall into place. Eat more meals at home prepared with ingredients you can actually pronounce. Taking the little extra time to make good food choices will actually boost your mood keeping you from feeling sluggish and tired.
Let's face it, life as a parent is stressful. With everything on your plate at once it's impossible to escape stress and anxiety. Spending some time on your emotional or mental wellbeing is just as important as taking care of your physical state.
Instead of letting yourself get worn down, devote some time each week to activities that relax and refresh you. A little peace and quiet will clear your mind and rejuvenate you from the stresses that have you feeling overwhelmed.
Every relationship can use some attention and some first aid from time to time.
Taking the chance to spend time with your significant other will keep your relationship on the right track. Spend some time together without the kids to remind each other why you fell for each other in the first place. Even simple activities like watching a movie together once the kiddos are in bed will keep you devoting part of your busy schedule to some good old fashioned quality time at home together.
Self care might not be what you thought it was.
Simple things you do each day will keep you feeling your best and keep your relationships strong.