7 self-care tips to practice after having a baby
Article by Cherlynn Ng
Ask any mother and they will probably tell you that their child always comes first. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it also means that women often neglect themselves and forget about their own needs. The arrival of a baby tends to throw other priorities out of the window, but it’s essential to strike a good balance between caring for a newborn and caring for yourself. Here is a checklist of seven self-care tips you should practice amidst all the hustle and bustle of life.
1. Mindful eating
The first place to start would be your diet. Proper nourishment boosts not your only physical well-being, but your emotional and mental health too. Eating right also speeds up your recovery and helps you to bounce back faster. But a balanced diet alone is not enough — it’s also about taking time to fully appreciate what you are eating. Instead of scarfing down your food and rushing off to get your next chore done, take a moment to observe what’s on your plate. Feel the steam rising, inhale that garlicky fragrance, take small bites and chew slowly.
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2. Clothes shopping
Going through your wardrobe and realising that nothing fits anywhere can be a downer. Instead of forcing yourself into your old clothes and damaging your self-esteem, why not take this opportunity to go on a fun shopping trip? Look for clothes that are both comfortable and flattering. Your life has changed with the arrival of a baby and so has your body — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Refreshing your closet will be a rejuvenating experience indeed!
The benefits of exercise are boundless, whether it’s improving your energy levels and promoting better sleep or to relieve stress and prevent postpartum depression. However, don’t exercise with the sole aim of shedding off those extra pounds in mind. Instead, do it to stay active and for your own wellness. You can start by doing simple exercises in the comfort of your own home before incorporating moderate-intensity ones into your weekly routine.
4. Post-natal massages
New mums can consider treating themselves to post-natal massages as they do wonders for your aching and sore body. Such massages are known to boost womb recovery, promote blood circulation, reduce swelling and leg cramps, improve lactation, tone up your body as well as help you regain your vitality. Many companies offer attractive packages where a certified masseuse will visit your home and pamper with with the luxury that you deserve. P.S. Herbal baths provide a similarly relaxing experience.
5. Delegate tasks
Don’t feel like you have to accomplish everything on your own. Accept offers of help, no matter how small. Get our partner to chip in and other family members to lend a hand too if possible. It can be as simple as taking turns to feed and check on your baby during the night or having a friend pick up something from the grocery store if they are on the way to visit.
6. Enjoy ‘me’ time
Having a baby doesn’t mean giving up your identity or the things you used to do. Even though you might not be as free as before, it’s still important to set aside ‘me’ time and take a break. Whether it’s picking up a new hobby, pursuing a new interest or simply treating yourself to a manicure, the possibilities are endless. You’ve been so occupied with caring for your newborn and keeping the household running — it’s time to do something special for yourself.
7. Communicate your feelings
No one said motherhood was easy — but having a strong support system to help you through it can make it less nerve-wracking. Your emotions are valid and it’s okay to feel what you are feeling. Sharing them with a loved one can also be a huge load off your weary shoulders. For those who prefer putting their thoughts from pen to paper, try keeping a diary. Research has shown that journaling can aid in easing anxiety and depression.
Remember: Self-care is not selfish. It’s being kind to yourself and what you deserve. Staying in top form with these self-care tips also means that you get to present the most well-rested, happiest and best version of yourself to your loved ones. And don’t you want that for them?
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