Have you filled your own cup recently?
As a new mum it is easy to get overwhelmed.
Lack of sleep, the constant demand on your attention and even just the adjustment that life is very different than it was before.
Not to mention the hormones that are still racing around your body!
It is important to find ways to look after your own needs too.
It may be cliche but we "can't pour from an empty cup."
If we are spent and empty we have nothing left to give to our families.
As mother's, we often put our own needs at the bottom of the list be we need to make sure that we find time to honour and care for ourselves too.
When we have young babies this can be difficult but it is not impossible...
1. Getting out in the fresh air
With a Peek-a-Baby wrap, this is something that can be done with ease.
A simple stroll around the block can do wonders for our mood. The exercise helps with getting those endorphins going and Vitamin D is great for our energy levels. It's also a great way to relieve stress and aniexty too.
2. Make some time for you.
This is hard when you have a very young baby but it could simply be finding time to have a shower in peace. I used to make sure that on one day over the weekend I had a lovely long shower where I didn't have to listen out for the baby and my husband was in charge of the toddler.
Find a way to make a little bit of time just for you.
It could be a bath, a lie in on a Sunday morning or a coffee with a friend. Self-care doesn't have to be a big time commitment it can simply be taking the time to put your moisturiser on in the morning!
3. Take all offers of help!
Make sure that you take up all offers from family and friends and don't be afraid to ask for help. More than often people are willing to lend a hand and not always sure how they can help. It may be having someone entertain the toddler for half an hour or having someone bring the washing in. Those little things can really help a tired, busy mama so please don't hesitate to ask - especially if someone is offering!
4. Find your tribe
Whether they are old friends or new, other mums understand just what you are going through. Coffee groups that get you out of the house, online mums groups, it doesn't matter how or what it's about making connections with other mothers and keeping in touch. Having others that we can reach out to just make us feel better and keep us connected to the outside world.
We have an amazing, supportive online group that is just for mums
To join simply click on the link 👉 The Hood - for Mums
5. Feed your body
Whether we are breastfeeding or not we need to make sure that we are fueling our bodies with good food. Online shopping was my saviour with two small children and I still use it today. Making sure we eat well helps us physically and mentally. It also ensures that we have the energy to cope with what the day is going to throw at us - which with a little one can change from moment to moment!
Make yourself a priority
It is important to remember that being a good mum has nothing to do with being a martyr and putting everyone else’s needs above our own. In the beginning when you have a new baby, yes they are totally dependent on you, especially if you are exclusively breastfeeding but slowly, slowly you can begin to find a little bit of time for you. Making ourselves a priority at times means that we have more to give to our children, our partners, our families and our friends.
What are you going to do for you?