3) Have a bubble bath! Once you have your little one, going to the bathroom is not an option whenever you feel like it. Sometimes, you have to wait until baby is fully knocked out until you can even squeeze in a 5 minute shower. Give baby to daddy for a while, and treat yourself to a nice warm and relaxing bubble bath.
4) Stay at home mom? No problem, once baby is taking out her mid-day nap, forget doing the laundry for a minute, and just sit down and catch up on your favorite shows or just take a nap as well!
5) I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been on my fitness since having my son. But, giving yourself an hour to work-out at home or at the gym, will definitely be a rewarding “ME” time. It’s hard to find the time, we make a lot of excuses, and we have the constant struggle between going to the gym or taking that time to catch up on sleep. I completely understand you, but if you finally decide to opt for the gym, maybe switching turns with your partner, or hiring a babysitter for an hour can be an option.
6) Get your drink on. It’s okay to have a nice glass of red wine once in a while, and if pina coladas are your preference, go for it! I usually pair my vino with some cheese, crackers, and salami. Turn on Netflix and watch some Scandal or How I Met Your mother, and BAM! That’s the BEST “me” time, for me!
7) Go out and meet up with friends. Meet up with your friends, or siblings. Eat lunch or dinner with them, or just grab a cup of coffee or tea. Whatever it is, it’s healthy and great to catch up and kind of feel like having a “social life” again.
8) If all of the above is not an option for some “ME” time. It’s okay, just take your time, and meditate. Breathe in and out for 10 seconds, drink plenty of fluids, and when you get a minute to just step out of the room. Go ahead and stretch, take a deep breathe, and remember, YOU are a magnificent mother, and your baby LOVES you.
I know parenting is not easy, but it’s the most special and rewarding part of all of our lives. Lacking sleep, and still a little “hormonal” can really take a toll on our emotional and mental health. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, we have to be mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy to be able to give the best and our all for our children. Even though our children are our world, do not forget about yourself too.
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Til Next Time,