When you become a mom, you don’t mind devoting all of your attention to your little bundle of joy. You could spend hours holding your little one and counting all of her fingers and toes. After some time, however, you start wondering if you’ll ever feel human again. You love your infant more than anything, but the lack of sleep and laundry list of to-dos is piling up.
Even though it may feel selfish at first, taking care of yourself is the key to being there for everyone else. Don’t feel guilty for taking advantage of one of these activities to replenish your mind, body and spirit.
You may not have time to luxuriate in 30-minute showers and a blowout every day. Honestly, your appearance has gone by the wayside since you had a child. If you grab a chunk of time for a mani-pedi once every few weeks, you’ll be able to admire the beauty at your fingertips even though your new favorite hairstyle is the messy bun.
If you can’t get away from your newborn, bring him along and stick with a pedicure. You won’t have to worry about smudging the polish, and you can spend some relaxing mommy-and-me time with your infant.
2. Coffee With A Friend
Having a newborn can feel isolating. The support of your village is even more important now. Take time to reconnect with a friend every so often. If you can’t make it to the coffee shop, ask her to grab a brew from the drive-thru and head to your house.
If you can get someone to watch the baby, make an appointment for a massage. Holding, bouncing and feeding your infant can make you sore in places you didn’t know existed. A massage can release tension and give you a moment to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of motherhood.
4. Exercise Class
At some point, you might start wondering if you’ll ever get your pre-baby body back. Having a baby can change your figure, and getting moving will help you celebrate how amazing your new body is.
You’ll activate mood-boosting neurotransmitters, which will give you energy and revamp your bliss. Plus, movement can relieve stiffness in your muscles and joints that’s caused by holding your baby all day.
5. An Afternoon Nap
We know that you feel like you can’t relax until the laundry is done and the kitchen table has been decluttered. At some point, though, you need to just put your feet up and close your eyes. There will always be more laundry and more clutter.
If you’ve just gotten your infant to sleep, consider taking a nap yourself. Even a 20-minute power nap can make you feel less resentful when your baby wakes you up every two hours overnight.