Becoming a parent rocks your world in a way that nothing else can. You are filled with overwhelming love and joy, and at the same time, the demands of parenthood are exhausting.
Your little bundle of joy needs your attention at all hours of the day and night, leaving little time to care for yourself. This is when it’s more important than ever to carve out time for self-care.
With diaper changes, feedings, and the rest of your baby’s needs, there is only so much time left for yourself. Many new parents find that it’s a relief to hire help to take care of some things, such as hiring someone to clean your house.
The average cost for regular house cleanings ranges from about $100 to $200. Hiring help at this time isn’t selfish, and it’s well worth it! When there are things you still can’t get done, give yourself permission to just let them go. Instead of thinking about what you should do, be kind to yourself and banish guilt.
Leaning on your village is also a good way to get help. Let friends and family organize making meals for you, or ask them to come over and give you a break.
There’s a reason why flight attendants tell you to secure your own mask first in the event of an emergency. That may sound extreme, but you truly can’t take care of your child if you aren’t taking care of yourself.
Prioritize good nutrition so you have fuel for your day. enlite.me meals are designed to make that easy and convenient. Check out our shop for smart.meals that you can make in no time. Having quick meals on-hand is every parent’s best hack for eating healthfully.
Along with eating right, you will feel your best if you can find ways to be active. Don’t rush to lose a bunch of weight; instead, put your focus on getting some exercise to boost your energy, rather than focusing on how you look. We love these exercise tips from the Bump that you can do with your baby, so there’s no need to worry about childcare.
If you’ve thought about self-care at all, you may be thinking that you’ll do something for yourself once in a while - after you’ve settled in. Reframe this mindset because you must make time to care for yourself every single day. If that means you need to get out of the house and get your hair done, do it! That may require problem-solving so you can venture out with your baby. Plan out what you need ahead of time so you’re prepared, or ask a friend to go with you.
Along with figuring out how to handle outings, think about how you can carve out small amounts of time for yourself at home. You’ve probably heard the advice to sleep when the baby sleeps. This isn’t just a cliche - it really does help! Besides getting some rest, take the advice of a Mother Far from Home and use your baby’s nap time, or give your baby their own downtime in a safe space like a playpen, to enjoy some time to yourself. Instead of trying to catch up on housework, spend a few minutes reading or doing a hobby you love.
Being a parent is a 24/7 job, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take breaks. Make these self-care tips part of your regular routine - not just an occasional indulgence. Letting go of the “shoulds,” and making time for what really matters, will keep you from feeling overburdened and make you a better parent.
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