As a new mother, you have a deep love and connection with your child that can never be severed. But despite how much you love them, the reality is that motherhood can be a challenging new experience that may leave you feeling tired and stressed out. It’s important not only to you but to your baby that you’re taking care of yourself as best as you possibly can. That being said, what might self-care look like when you’re caring for your bundle of joy? Here are a few helpful tips that will guide you through how to squeeze in self-care time as a new mom.
Use your most energetic periods to tackle big projects.
Times where you feel fully rested, energized, and ready to tackle the day may feel like they’re few and far between. This is why it’s important that you take advantage of these periods to see important projects or work through. For example, let’s imagine that you’ve had your eye on a bathroom remodel for a while. You desperately need a shower replacement to improve the look and feel of your bathroom space. More importantly, a new shower will help you get shower benches and other essentials like a slip-resistant shower pan installed that you’ll need as a new mother, accessories that you like such as soap dishes and a better showerhead, and other changes that will help you upgrade from your old shower. When you feel up to it, you can easily reach out to installers in your area for a free estimate, a walkthrough of the process for a hassle-free experience, and a better idea of how much it might cost to tackle other areas like your bathroom tile or beyond.
Take advantage of great mom products to squeeze in additional activities.
More often than not, there are plenty of products that can help you streamline some of your most important mom activities so that you can squeeze in some “you time” while you’re getting things done. One great example of this is a product like a handfree pumping bra. A hands-free pumping bra makes it easy to stay comfortable and use your favorite electric breast pumps without having to attend to your pumps the whole time. Just adjust your bra to get the most comfortable fit, equip your favorite electric breast pump, and sit back as you let your pump do the work.
While you have this extra time to yourself, you can engage in some much-needed self-care. Let’s imagine that you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and frazzled. Now might be the perfect time to engage in a quick meditation session. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, improve patience, and help you cope with overwhelming circumstances more effectively. Of course, this is just one idea. Whether you’re a fan of soaking your feet, enjoying some aromatherapy, or even watching your favorite show, look for ways to balance some relaxation and self-care with other activities that you need to squeeze in throughout the day.
Create a flexible schedule with important reminders.
Taking care of yourself as a new mom can feel like a major challenge. From sleep hygiene to dietary habits to exercise, it seems like there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done. This can leave some of your most important self-care activities out of your day, which may only contribute to caregiver burnout. Set aside some time to create a daily schedule with time chunks for eating, exercising, sleeping, and other important life tasks. While you might not fit everything into the allocated time blocks, it can help you stay on track with the things you need to do to stay happy and healthy.
Being a new mom can be challenging, but you can stay on top of your self-care with some guidance. Use the tips above to make sure you’re getting all the care you need to navigate motherhood with relative ease.