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Self care for new moms to stay productive
The term self-care is beginning to gain more and more space, away from the belief that it is selfish.
It’s just the opposite, taking care of yourself is the first step to taking good care of others.
If you are a mother, this statement becomes even more meaningful.
It has had such an impact on people’s consciousness that the self-care industry’s growth projection for 2022 is 13.2 billion! (insane)
Self-care for moms is essential to maintain the physical and emotional health of busy, timeless mothers.
It is time to move away from the belief, so popular among many women, that because their family is above all else, devoting time and resources to themselves is a selfish act.
As a mother, you must be clear that to take care of your children, you have to take care of yourself, that to love your children, you have to love yourself.
What would you be teaching them?
This article focuses on self care ideas that will boost productivity for mom, especially for the one who is so busy that when she puts on the “super mom” outfit, she forgets herself…
But How Do You Find the Time to Devote to Yourself?
Taking time for self care can be really complicated, since finding time is almost impossible.
This is why the challenge is to create it and plan it out.
Yes, it is a question of creativity.
It’s about turning the moments when you don’t do anything in particular into moments for self care.
Invest those minutes and do something for yourself.
However, there are many ways to practice self-care in your day.
You can take short breaks of a few minutes a day, taking advantage of the fact that the children are sleeping or someone else is taking care of them at that time.
How to Work Self-Care into Your Day as A New Mom
Wake up early every day
This practice will help you to fulfill your planning and will prevent you from accumulating tasks and falling into stress.
Read a chapter from that book you have pending (you can also do this with your baby)
And if you’re not reading a lot, you can listen to a motivational audiobooks while you’re doing things.
But nothing beats sitting down with a fresh new book. I love personal growth books.
Get ready for the day (even if you’re not going anywhere)
Why invest time in getting ready and just to do my housework?
Because this is good therapy to feel better and to maintain optimism.
Wear comfortable clothes that go beyond your sleeping clothes.
Do it first for yourself because you benefit most from it, and the second one, for your partner (if any), he will thank you.
Eat a healthy well balanced breakfast
Breakfast is something vital because it gives you the necessary energy to face all the activities you have to do.
A fun thing to do in the morning for an extra health boost is making a morning smoothie.
I love using my nutribullet for this.
They are quick and straightforward to make and very nutritious.
Prioritize your to-do list
Not everything on your to-do list has to be accomplished.
Focus on the tasks that are really important and let go of the trivial things.
For example, do you really need to run to the supermarket just to take advantage of the discounts on your coupon?
As difficult as it is, say no to things you don’t have time for.
Eliminating non-essential tasks will not only give you time to breathe, but will also help reduce your stress.
Prepare yourself some tea or a natural juice (5 minutes)
Having a hot tea in solitude and silence is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself throughout the day.
Turn it into a ritual (mid-morning or mid-afternoon), and this habit will become your great ally throughout the day.
Watch an episode of your favorite series (you can even do this with your baby in your arms or while breastfeeding)
Enjoy this relaxing moment without losing sight of and taking away the proper attention from your children.
I would suggest creating a Netflix hit list of shows you want to binge or movies to see.
Some really good ones I have seen are anywhere from Workin Moms to Ozark, just to name a few. 🙂
Don’t skimp on sleep
New moms, this probably won’t be possible for at least the first year or so, but you can still try.
Make sure you get at least six to eight hours of sleep each night.
If you can’t sleep in one stretch, try stealing a nap time while the kids are taking theirs, or having someone watch them so you can catch up on rest.
Set a sleep time for your children too. Once you get into the habit, you can enjoy more rest.
Lie down for 10 minutes on the bed or sofa to listen to music alone
Take advantage and put your legs up to relax them and avoid swelling.
I always do a ritual that’s called legs up the wall.
Yes you guess it I lay down but the wall and put my legs up the wall.
Listen to music while doing this also, it really feels invigorating.
Take a shower or a 10-minute bath
Make this your special moment, especially before bed after the kids go to sleep.
If possible, prepare your bathtub with bath salts and aromatherapy, and play soft music to help you get in tune.
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Take 15 minutes to comb your hair or do your nails
If you don’t have the chance to escape to a beauty salon, take some time to take care of your hair and nails.
You can opt for fast and comfortable hairstyles.
A side braid, or a semi-upholstered one with braids, is another option.
I’m sure you have a box full of nail polish that you haven’t used in a while.
Take that box and pamper your hands and feet.
If you have more time (but not enough to go to the gym), take a walk or workout at home
When you go for a walk, you can even practice running by taking your baby in the car.
You can also ride your bike (with a baby seat, helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads).
Choose a basic routine to keep fit at home.
Drink one tall glass of water (with lemon)
It has antioxidant and regenerative properties and stimulates your immune system.
Studies show drinking 8 glasses of water everyday can help with:
- brain fog
- weigth loss
- and more!
So grab yourself one of these and start chugging mama!
It is ideal for including a morning yoga practice to start the day (15-20 minutes is enough).
If you can dedicate a few minutes to meditation or mindfulness, even better.
You may have to get up a little early for this, but it’s worth it.
If you can’t, then do it at the end of the day to go to bed relaxed.
Spend quality time with your husband or partner
Dedicate time, care, and attention on your partner has an impact not only on their well-being but also on yours and your children’s.
If you have the help of a family member, or your partner stays home with the children, you can:
- Have coffee with your friends once or twice a month
- Treat yourself to an occasional massage or spa session.
- Go shopping alone.
- Go for a run for half an hour as often as you can.
- Walk alone, simply (walking relaxes a lot and clears the mind)
A happy mother is equivalent to a happy child!
And when everyone in the family feels good about themselves, the whole family is healthy and happy.
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