“I love my baby so much, but I can’t help it anymore. This is just too much!” This is what you may hear from new moms and possibly yourself after giving birth. Many of us get the baby blues after delivery and some even suffer postpartum depression. Despite your never-ending motherly love, taking care of a baby becomes hectic if you don’t properly care for yourself. Besides, your intelligence as a mother is intertwined with your mental health.
During the holidays and the winter season, the chimes in my head begin:
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
It seems thinking of snow and snowballs is a way to retain my mental health.
Take Care of Your Mental Health – Think SNOWBALL
S is for Sleep
Frankly speaking, when you become a mother you will be deprived of sleep, which makes your mood suffer. Sleep has a direct link to the way you think and behave, so make sure you get enough. If your baby isn’t giving you a chance to rest at night, make it up during the day or go to bed at your baby’s bedtime. You can also find someone you can trust to watch your baby while you sleep.
N is for Nutrition
Eating nutritious foods will help maintain your mental health especially if you are breastfeeding. The foods that offer the most nutritional value include meats, beans, vegetables, fruits, grain, milk, cheese, and eggs.
O is for Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Fish oils reduce depression and anxiety in new moms. They are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids that help diminish the risk of cardiovascular disease and, in turn, improve your health and nurture your energy.
W is for Walking
Regular physical activity can improve your quality of life, brighten up your mood, and help your body recover from delivery. Designate an hour of your busy schedule for exercising and never skip that hour no matter how tired you are. Keep in mind that moving your body is refreshing and reduces stress levels. You will feel much better about yourself and your new family life after an hour of walking, jogging, or dancing.
B is for Baby Breaks
Do not underestimate the value of the time taken for yourself. A boost for your energy is essential to maintain your strength. Remember that when you take time away from your baby, you will feel more like yourself again. Practicing what you love will help you recognize your worth, and your baby will enjoy seeing your all lively.
A is for Adult Time
Quit the baby talk for a few moments and have real conversations. Spend time with adults and share your experiences, for it is always a pleasure when you discover that there are other people around you who are going through the same stories.
However, make sure you don’t compare yourself to others. A mother has a unique understanding of her baby. Do not abide by the standards of society because they simply don’t exist and aim to disturb your motherly inclinations.
L is for Liquids
Water regulates your body temperature and reduces mood swings. It also prevents dehydration as it keeps your skin moist and looking good. Try to drink at least two-quarters of water daily.
L is for Laughter
Laughter is medicine for the mind. It strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Take a break from life’s demands because nothing works faster than a good laugh.
If you wish to be a great mom, the most important is to be kind to yourself. Learn your worth in the eyes of your child who is directly dependent on you. Whether he is your first or not, give yourself time to adjust to your baby. Also, give yourself permission to care for your baby in a way that suits you. Everyone around will have an opinion about parenting. Stick to what works for you.
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