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Self-care is essential to everybody, especially for new mothers who just went 9 to 10 months carrying their babies to term and having to attentively take care of the newborn afterwards. A small amount of time alone or sharing joyfulness with your loved ones can be self-care too.
Life after having a baby can be extremely challenging and exhausting. New parents are often drained at the end of the day, having spent long hours attending to their newborn. After a few weeks or months, some of the parents still need to go back to work during the day!
Many working adults and parents alike are also starting to feel burnt out from the overwhelming daily workload and stress of attending to both their baby and work. Regardless, whether you are a parent who has just welcomed a new child recently or just somebody who’s in need of a break, these tips would be useful to any of you!
Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
This still applies even if you already live in the same house with your loved ones. People nowadays seldom spend time just talking to our loved ones as we get occupied with our jobs. Spending time with your loved ones such as friends and families can make you feel better and encourage you to calm down and relax. While this tip may not be immediately practical as your close friends or families are not nearby, you can still have a video call or spend some time texting – it still helps.
These are a few examples for you to spend time on your own or with your loved ones: Firstly, going for a walk or spending time outdoors can help, like jogging, walking or cycling. If you are not in the mood to go out, you may just opt to stand by the window to enjoy the fresh breeze and people-watch. You can do any of these alone or with your friends and family members.
If you can’t leave the house because of the pandemic nowadays, you can just put on some music to relax as music can be very relaxing. Not a fan of music? You can always put on the sound of waves or the sound of rain. These white noises are able to relieve your stress and calm your heart.
Turn off Devices & Unplug From Social Media
Staying active is a great way to have a refreshing mind, whether it’s hiking up a mountain, jogging in a park, swimming, cycling, cuddling with your kid on the couch, or simply watching a good movie together, are all great ways to get away from the hectic daily life. The most important part of these activities is to switch off from your devices and get away from social media. Facebook? Instagram? Anything on these platforms can wait.
While social media can be a good place to gain information, sometimes going out for a walk or staying off it can be much better for your mental health. Not to mention, constantly checking social media and scrolling through your Facebook homepage can be overwhelming with the endless things to keep up with.
In fact, you can just spend time talking to your baby – which is both adorable and joyful! Take your time out from your busy schedules to spend some time on your own and do what you like that won’t have to take place on social media. It can be singing songs, reading a book, or even just talking to another person who’s physically around. As time is always squeezed out, doing something as simple as talking to your baby can have positive effects on both of you.
Treat Yourself to Delicious Foods and Desserts
Treating yourself with some delicious foods and desserts may be very normal to some, It may also be hard for some, but indulge yourself every now and then is a great way to pamper yourself! Eating good food not only will give you a lot of cheerful energy to take care of your family, but it also will reduce your stress. For those who always eat fast food and snacks, you may try eating healthy and you will soon enjoy your healthy diet and the body healthy diet has bought you.
On the other hand, when you’ve been dieting for a long time, do not feel guilty about letting your mind and body relax by having some cheat day in between! You may also try to do some DIY desserts during the weekend. This can help you get away from repetitive daily life, it is also a great bonding time with your children! Children always love DIY stuff, this can be a wonderful idea for a weekend family routine.
Spend the Day Sleeping
Sufficient sleep is almost impossible to find in a new parent’s dictionary. The moment when your newborn wakes up, you are going to be wide awake as well. Therefore, grab any chance you can get to sleep throughout the day. At night, don’t wait until the last minute before midnight but try to go to bed earlier.
If you know you will have a busy week ahead, try to take a long rest before or after it, this will help you gain much more energy for the day ahead. In order to give yourself enough time for a full day of rest, you can allow yourself only four hours of sleep and settle your workload first. Therefore, during this rest time, you will be able to recharge your batteries completely, sleep deeper, and easily get your energy back by morning.
Besides, If you are looking for a relaxing massage as part of your postnatal care, PNSG home massage service can help make you feel rejuvenated and refreshed before or after a hugely busy period. Our certified massage therapists are able to provide you with the best massage experience in the comfort of your home! Even if you’ve given birth a long time ago, we still have massage suitable for you. Just ring us at +65 6417 9690 to know more!
Self-care can be simple to do but it is hard to maintain! We tend to play our character perfectly to our children, family, friends and colleagues. However, we always forget we are also human, an individual that needs some personal time. Put yourself first before others and do what makes you feel good. For that, we hope this blog has been helpful for you. Until next time!