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5 Easy Ways to Take Care of Yourself as a New Mom

Finding time for yourself after you become a new mom can seem near impossible. Mighty Mommy shares five ways to squeeze in a few minutes of some much needed alone time now as a brand new parent and for years to come.

By
Cheryl Butler,
October 3, 2016
Episode #398

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I waited a very long time to enjoy the title of Mom. After six years of infertility and the blessed experience of adopting a beautiful newborn baby girl, I finally achieved my dream of motherhood.

Once I finally became a mom, I immediately morphed from the life as a carefree young woman who regularly visited the salon, went shopping for fashion accessories other than bibs, and could enjoy eating a hot meal with a glass of wine to someone who forgot how to shave her legs, thought shopping for items like 2-ply toilet paper and cold cereal was pure decadence, and admittedly considered going to the convenience store for a gallon of milk a good time. 

Finding time for yourself after you become a new mom can seem near impossible but if you don’t learn how to find a few quiet moments for yourself now you could be setting yourself up for failure.  Mighty Mommy shares five ways to squeeze in a few minutes of some much needed alone time now as a brand new parent and for years to come.  See Also:  35 Tips to Celebrate Motherhood All Year Long

Tip #1:  Walk This Way

Whether you had a regular exercise routine before your pregnancy or never set foot in a gym, establishing a routine soon after your bundle of joy arrives will now only help you regain your pre-baby shape but it will also help you boost your energy levels. One of the easiest ways to do this is to put your sweet baby in his new stroller and get out and walk. When I had my babies, I grabbed a pedometer and set a goal for myself to move more than the required 10,000 steps per day that the fitness experts touted. Today, fit bits and exercise apps are all the rage, so there truly is something for everyone. Not only will walking each day help you get back into shape, but you will also be creating some very important quiet time to clear your mind. I would use this time to plan meals for the week, create my important to-do lists for both work and home and best of all, just to spend 20 or 30 minutes of alone time with me, myself and I.

Tip #2:  Leave the House

When I first became a mom over 20 years ago, I somehow felt the need to become a prisoner in my own house. I equated motherhood with the need to have a spotless home, as well as prepare 5-course meals every night. But I was wrong about one thing: the sign of being a good mother wasn’t how many loaves of homemade bread I could produce in between dozens of diaper changes. Caring for my baby (family) with a heart full of love all while staying connected to myself and the outside world was equally important. 

Even if it’s a quick trip to the grocery store or the post office with baby in tow, this will keep you feeling connected to the outside world and will also get your baby used to being out in the real world.  It does take extra effort to pack up your baby’s gear for an outing but when you get into the habit of leaving the house on a regular basis, you’ll get to experience new things and new places and meet new people that you wouldn’t be able to stuck at home.  See Also:  10 Essential Strategies When Life's Got You Down

Tip #3:  Get Into Spa Mode

One of the most relaxing, enjoyable, and therapeutic gifts you can give yourself as a new mom is to visit a day spa. Several hours of a decadent facial, hot stone massage, or a glorious foot rub and pedicure can knock the “new mom blues” right out of the park. Sound like a pipe dream? Even if a decadent spa treatment doesn’t fit your family’s budget, don’t worry.  You can still take advantage of a similar yet splendid experience if you condition your new mommy mindset into spa mode. First, decide on one night each week that you will lovingly devote just to pampering you.  Get your spouse or partner on board so he/she can help care for the new baby and the rest of the family while you recharge your very important parental battery pack.  Whether you slate an hour for a hot bubble bath, a hot-oil treatment for your tresses or just 60 minutes of solitude with a cup of hot tea or a glass of your favorite vino, one of the easiest and most delightful ways to spend some quality time with yourself is to schedule an appointment with yourself to do absolutely nothing but practice self-care.

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