1. Be kind to yourself
Parenthood is tough and there are bound to be difficult times. Try repeating a positive mantra—something like, “My best is good enough,” “I am not alone in this”, or “self-care is necessary” to help get you through. If you find yourself needing help, talk to family members, friends and/or your healthcare professional for advice.
2. Take a shower
Starting with basic postpartum self-care, make a pledge to take a daily shower. Even a few minutes under the hot water—perhaps while your baby is napping—will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
3. Sleep when you can
Sleep can make such a big difference to your state of mind. Honour your body by sleeping when you get the opportunity; take advantage of snoozing while the baby is asleep, even if it means delaying your to-do list.
4. Accept help
Saying “yes” to help that’s on offer can give you a chance for some much needed “me time”. Let friends or family cook or clean for you every now and then. If your budget allows, you might even consider hiring a postpartum doula to help in the early days. Don’t forget that mothers need mothering too, so there’s absolutely no shame in allowing others to care for you too.
5. Listen to podcasts
Podcasts are a great solo activity that can help you feel more connected. Why not try listening to parenting podcasts, tune in to people’s experiences and maybe learn some helpful parenting hacks!
6. Rebalance with postpartum yoga
Find your inner calm and stretch out any aches and pains with postpartum yoga. If you can’t get to a class, there are plenty of apps and online videos you could try from home. And if you’d rather involve your little one, baby yoga is a lovely activity you could do together.
7. Try meditation
Meditation is a powerful tool that can help reduce stress and anxiety, promote positive thoughts, and enhance self-awareness. Why not try a guided meditation session using an app, podcast, or online video?
8. Relax with a postpartum massage
Your body has accomplished some amazing feats over the past few months, so why not book yourself a massage? You definitely deserve it.