How to Take Care of Yourself as a Mother

Being a mom is a challenging task. You are almost, all the time, multi-tasking and there is always so much to do. But making intentional time for self-care is also important. And this is usually where all mothers neglect themselves.


How to Take Care of Yourself as a Mother


It is certainly infused in motherhood, to not look beyond herself and ensure that their child gets all the essentialities of their life, on time. However, prioritizing self-care time is very important as it helps you stay sane and keeps you healthy as well. It balances your mind, body and soul.

Step outside the comfort zone of your motherhood and try putting yourself first for a while.

Simple Ways to Take Care for Yourself as a Mom:

The moment you become a mother, your entire being changes. You are committed to taking care of your child only. But bear in mind that this is the exact time, when you must set an intention for yourself too. Let yourself know that you honor your wellbeing, and you respect your needs enough to make time for yourself. And you can do so in the following ways:

1. Ask for Help:

The notion that mothers should be able to handle all the chores on their own has ruined mental peace for so many women out there. And this needs to stop. The best way to take care of yourself is to ask for help when you need it. If you live away from your family, look for other ways you can get help. Friends who might be willing to look after your kid for just a few hours or looking for professional childcare services. Or at least you could get some device that can make your life easier, for example a dishwasher for cleaning baby bottles.

2. A Long Hot Shower:

The biggest trouble that mums face is not getting enough time to even enjoy a fulfilling bath. And this is where leisure, selfcare time is gone. When your husband arrives from work, ask them to look after the baby for an hour or even two and go have a refreshing shower. You will feel relaxed, and your mind and body will release a lot of stress. Make sure you have the best glycolic acid body wash, a good skincare regime and a foot massager to make the most out of your long shower. Pamper yourself because you deserve it girl!

3. Make Time for Things You Love:

This might be the toughest deal to make but if you train yourself to do this from the very beginning, you will be selfish about it. Put your baby to sleep and go sit outside or enjoy your cup of tea slowly. If you love getting ready in the morning; do it. It will make a huge difference in how you feel, and it will also reduce postpartum depression largely. When you keep quitting hobbies and activities that you love, you lose charm in life. But making time for it, will make you feel alive.

4. Try to Exercise a Bit:

Moving your body, in any form, other than just home and baby chores is a great way to boost positive feelings in yourself. Try adding exercise or yoga in your routine. A simple half hour of cardio or maybe brisk walk or an outdoor yoga class or dancing to burn calories; add an activity that urges your body to move so that it feels nice and fresh.


5. Don’t Push off Sleep:

Getting everything done before the baby wakes up is an extremely wrong approach. And even when, all of us understand the negative consequences of lack of sleep; mothers push off sleep to an extremely dangerous limit. When you sleep for less than 6 hours, you are constantly putting your health at risk. Your appetite also increases which brings weight gain and depression etc.

It is best to set a bedtime routine for your kid and prioritize your sleep too. Sleep for at least 6 hours daily and switch the feeding duties with your husband.

6. Socialize:

Don’t put your social life to a complete halt. You definitely need a few weeks to adapt to the new lifestyle and routine but once you are in it, add your social time to the calendar too. Go out with your friends. Have brunches, dinners or go out shopping. Staying connected with your friends is nothing less than a whiff of fresh air and everyone needs it, once in a while. Make it your weekly goal, to have a good social time, at least one day.

7. Eat Good:

Losing weight is the most important thing on every woman’s list after having a baby. But remember, you need to eat well. Being a mother, you have endless duties to address. And if you deprive yourself of meals and good, nutritional foods; you will feel lethargic and fatigued almost all the time. Nourish your mind and body with good food. The best way to practice self-care is to eat nutritional meals. When you value yourself, you eat good, understanding that your body needs it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Being a mother is a blessing. The feeling of motherhood is out of this world. But it is very important to indulge in self-care too. Make time for yourself and ensure that you prioritize your health, physically and mentally, while looking after your baby as well. It is possible. You don’t have to compromise on your health and need to become an outstanding mother.


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