by Jaclyn Herrmann
You’re a new mom. For all of your life, you’ve likely had only yourself to care for, but now your child’s life is entirely in your hands and it may be difficult for you to balance taking care of yourself while taking care of your baby’s every need. Of course, you should be caring for your child’s needs, but it is important for you to care for your basic needs as well. This brief list should be kept in mind when you wake up each morning to remind you to care for yourself.
1 – Go for a walk. As a new mother with an infant, you may find yourself going stir-crazy as you are stuck inside more than you may like to be. Sure, you can usually take your little one outside, but sometimes you just need some “me” time to breathe some fresh air. Listen to your favorite music and take a walk while your partner stays home with the baby. Sometimes all it takes is time outside to feel rejuvenated
2 – Cook. Cooking doesn’t always have to be a chore. As a new mom, especially as baby starts to eat solid food, it can be easy to get caught up in cooking only picky-child-friendly meals that you lose the joy of cooking. Take some time to focus on you and cook your favorite meal, even if it’s occasional.
3 – Enjoy the sunrise. Seeing the sun come up and illuminate the sky with its colors is one of life’s most simple joys that many people miss, especially a parent while they care for their fussy baby in the morning. Taking just a few minutes in the morning to observe the sunrise can be a huge morale booster.
4 – Call a loved one. It’s easy to drift away from loved ones when you’re busy with a new baby. Spending even a few minutes on the phone to connect with someone that you haven’t spoken with in a while is an important way to treat yourself as a new mom.
5 – Find free stuff to do in your city. Most cities have free activities like museums or community yoga that anyone can participate in. If you can find some low-cost childcare, go out and explore what your city has to offer! Outings don’t always have to cost money if you do some research.
6 – Pamper yourself. Pampering yourself doesn’t have to involve spending money at a salon or spa. While your partner takes care of the little one, take some time to take a warm bath, paint your nails, or give yourself a homemade facial – you are worth it.
7 – Dance. Moving your body is the perfect way to treat yourself, even if it’s just turning on your favorite music and dancing. You’ll release endorphins and your body will thank you. You can even dance with your kids, depending on their age, as a great bonding activity that will make both of you feel great and release some of your child’s energy.
8 – Watch something. It can be easy to forget how enjoyable watching your favorite shows or movies can be when your TV is always playing reruns of Peppa Pig. Even if it’s just one episode, take the time to turn on something you enjoy. Your little one won’t mind.
9 – Play with your kids. While being a parent is hard work, it’s important to enjoy the little moments by forgetting about your stresses and just playing with your kids and channeling your inner child.
While your child is the most important person in your life, they can’t thrive unless their mother’s needs are taken care of as well. It is okay to prioritize your needs sometimes as long as your baby is happy and healthy, and it only takes a few moments a day to make sure that you are taken care of. Self-care is not selfish, and you are worthy of a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Jaclyn Herrmann is a contributing writer. She lives in Atlanta GA and loves all things creative. She can be found on Instagram @jaclynherrmann