After having a baby, it’s likely that you’ll feel a range of different emotions. Many of them will be positive; others not so positive. For example, new mothers often feel exhausted, overwhelmed and occasionally, even a bit depressed. It’s all very normal, but that doesn’t make it easier!
That’s why it’s so important to practice self-care in those first weeks after having a baby. Treating yourself lifts your mood and makes you a happier, more harmonised person.
The best treats to indulge in
· Snacks! This is only a small treat, but a little bowl of dried fruit and nuts can really improve your health (especially if you’re breastfeeding). They raise , which in turn, help boost energy, and improve the condition of your skin and hair.
· Some time out. This is absolutely imperative. Pass the baby over to the secure hands of your partner, or your parent, or a willing friend. Then, spend some time out of the house. Head into town for some window-shopping. Go to the library. Have a stroll in the local park. These moments of ‘you time’ will help you to reconnect with yourself.
· A proper bra. If you haven’t already, it’s time to treat yourself to a good bra. If you’re breastfeeding, makes life a whole lot easier, and even if you’re bottle-feeding your baby, chances are your breasts are significantly larger than they were before! Don’t just go for a practical option; go for something attractive – it’ll make you feel better about yourself.
· Some yoga sessions. New motherhood can leave you feeling , particularly if you’re holding your baby for much of the day. Some yoga classes are just the solution – or if you don’t feel like joining a local class, you could buy a yoga DVD instead, or watch a session online. It’s a good way to improve posture, increase flexibility and support mental health too.
· Some cosmetics or perfume. In those first few weeks after childbirth, your appearance is likely to be a low priority. However, after a while, you might find that it lifts your mood to get your smarter clothes on again, or to style your hair. When you feel great about how you look, this tends to elevate your overall confidence levels, which is only a good thing. Even a spritz of your favourite perfume can work wonders – if you’re looking for a fragrance treat without spending too much, have some excellent options.
· A few new clothes. Now is not the time to hate your post-birth body. Celebrate what it’s achieved instead – it’s brought a new life into the world, which is no mean feat! If you’re a few sizes larger than you were before, go out and treat yourself to a few new tops, a pair of jeans and a skirt. They’ll feel more comfortable, which in turn will make you feel more confident when wearing them.