Mental Health, Postpartum and Beyond

Treat Yourself

Self Care When You Have a Baby

Taking care of yourself is always incredibly important. Once a baby is brought into the picture it can become a lot harder to make sure that you continue to check in on yourself. You’re tired, you’re constantly making sure Baby is okay. It’s easy to overwork yourself and neglect yourself.

Now more than ever you want to be putting your best foot forward. Your baby deserves the best you that you are. Here are some ways you can take care of yourself even though you have a full plate.

1. Do Something You Enjoy

Your day consists of doing what Baby wants or needs. You also probably have a lot of other things to do, cleaning, work, cooking, etc. Make sure your day also includes something you like to do.

You probably can’t binge a whole entire season anymore. You might not even be able to make it through a whole chapter of a book, or a whole level in a video game, but at some point in your day, you can squeeze in a few pages, even a few minutes of something else.

2. Keep Hydrated and Eat

It’s so easy to forget to make sure you’ve eaten (something healthy hopefully) and to get some water. Making sure you are hydrated and fed helps your body keep going and functioning properly. Keeping hydrated is a good way to keep your body going and it also helps you stay mentally and emotionally healthy throughout the day.

3. Ditch the Phone

If you only have a few minutes to yourself a day then don’t waste your time scrolling through social media. Live in the outside world. Don’t stay focused on what is happening in other people’s lives. Take that time and do something else that you enjoy.

4. Get Clean

I don’t mean your house, I mean yourself. If you can, take a shower. If you can’t, that’s okay too, wash your face, brush your teeth, brush your hair. Do you need to cut your nails? Give those a trim as well. If you have long hair get some dry shampoo and use it. It’ll work wonders in making you feel more like a regular person.

5. Appreciate What You Can Get

Do you only get a couple minutes to yourself? Is that the time when you manage to go to the bathroom?
Enjoy that time!
I wake up before my husband and baby every morning (Little P sleeps through the night, my body figured it out, but still wakes up early now), and I go into the bathroom. I do what I have to do and just hang out for a little bit. I put on a song I want to listen to and get a few peaceful moments to myself.
It isn’t much, but it helps get me through the day.

Thoughts

Keep it simple. Don’t make yourself feel worse because you aren’t doing more for yourself. If you can’t get yourself to do your hair all fancy, or do your makeup, then big deal. You don’t need to have a full-blown spa day to take care of yourself or go on some vacation.
Self-care can be as simple as making sure you give yourself a little TLC throughout the day as well.
Remember you can do this.

So, let me know what you thought.
Do you have any short self care tips that help you when you’re having a tough time?

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