I recently reached out to moms of babies to pick their brains about what helps them take care of themselves in this tricky season. I got some great responses! Even if your kids are older, there's a lot to learn here.
#1: Embrace the mindset, "You're only as efficient and effective as you are cared for and well." - Katie, mom of 3 and founder of First Day Doula
Efficiency and effectiveness come not from bouncing back to your pre-pregnancy pace, but from slowing down, lowering your expectations, and putting yourself on the list of people to care for. (See #3 for how-tos.)
Takeaway for the rest of us: Ignoring your own needs only takes you so far. Taking regular breaks will help you get more done with a better attitude.
#2: "Even though my daughter prefers me, and I am the only one that feeds her, she has other capable caregivers in her life. Sneaking away for a couple hours in the evening or between feedings is so nice and baby will be fine with Dad, Grandma, etc. Don't keep all the burden for yourself." - Karelisa, mom of a 5 month old
This is so good. Do you play an essential role in your baby's life? YES. But are you the only, single one who can take care of him/her? NO! Chances are, there are other people in your baby's life who would be glad to give you the chance to take a nap, take a shower, or just stare at the wall for while. Ask them!
Takeaway for the rest of us: Share the work of child-raising. It's good for our kids to learn there are multiple people in their lives who care about them.
#3: "Small, humanizing actions make a huge difference...like mentally asking:
Takeaway for the rest of us: Taking better care of yourself doesn't have to be a full-on, overnight, life makeover. Maybe it starts as simply as filling your water bottle and setting it out for the next day. Baby step after baby step can lead to big things.
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