Having a baby is a most wonderful thing. Bringing in New life, creating a baby, loving that baby and looking after them. But who is looking after you??
Many of us have sleepless nights through baby being awake, worry over baby, insomnia, etc. Many of us don’t have time to eat properly or make sure we are drinking enough. It’s so hard trying to shower, wash your hair, dare I say even put on make up!!
What you need to remember however, is that baby needs a healthy carer looking after them. They need you well, and happy. I know this is hard, but as parents we need to try to remember to look after ourselves as well.
There are many ways we can do this. We can ask for help from family, friends, medical staff and so on. We can prioritise. This means, it does not matter if the house is a bit messy. It does not matter if you cook a 3 course dinner. It does not matter if you decide to have a pyjama day. We can accept help. We can cuddle our baby to sleep and just chill with the telly on. We can eat that huge chocolate bar. We can eat a microwave meal.
Sometimes we need to stop and just think, what can I do to make my life a little easier right now.
I personally am super lucky and have my mum up the road who helps me lots. I internet shop so I don’t have to worry about my baby kicking off in the supermarket. I buy quite a few ready made meals. I don’t stress if my house is messy. I go to bed at the moment when my children do to ensure I get some sleep. I always make sure I have something yummy in the house to eat and. Most importantly I try to give myself 5 minutes a day when i am on my own (normally when I’m on the loo) and I just breathe. I close my eyes and calm my breathing. I clear my head and re-energise. Without that 5 minutes sometimes I feel as though I may explode. But if I don’t look after myself, I know I won’t be able to look after my children properly.
What do you do to look after yourself? Xxxx