You’re a new mom needing some easy, practical postpartum self-care tips that will really work. Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do during your postpartum journey! You have to set time aside to recoup. Here is an awesome list of easy things you can do to help take care of yourself as a new mommy. Don’t feel like you have to do all of these things at once. Create a go-to list for yourself of what fits you best and stick with it!
This is a guest post by Amanda with Sleepy Moms Club, you can see her bio and links below!
10 Easy Postpartum Self-Care Tips
1. Put Down Your Phone!
This is so important. In today’s society, everyone is always glued to their phones. How can you take care of yourself if you’re not connecting with yourself or others on a personal level? How can you work on bettering yourself and taking care of yourself when you’re wrapped up in other peoples’ lives on social media or the stress of emails (especially when they’re bills).
It takes away from family time. It takes away from time spent with your little ones. Putting down (and walking away from) your phone allows you to be present and live in the moment. Allow yourself to take in your surroundings, to listen to your body. Hear what it needs and fulfill those needs. You can thank me later 😉
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2. Reflect (journaling, meditating, gratitude, affirmations)
Spend time reflecting on your day, whether it be in the morning or at night. Get all the thoughts out of your head and journal. Take a few minutes to just unload all that stress you’ve been carrying with you and release all of it! Think about where you want to be. You want to feel good in your skin. Post sticky notes around your house reminding you how beautiful you are inside and out!
Give yourself pep talks with affirmations scattered everywhere. Don’t forget to be thankful! Do this once a day to reflect and remind yourself that you do in fact have many things to be thankful for. Maybe give meditation a try? Clear your mind. Take deep breaths, relieve that stress.
Postpartum Mom Tip: Take your journal in the bathroom and lock the door for 3 minutes while your partner plays with the kiddos!
3. Set Your Week up for Success
Think about organizing your week ahead of time. SCHEDULE time for self-care. Set yourself up for success and stick to a plan. Give yourself enough time to get through each project, business meeting, assignment, meal prep, etc. Maybe even allot more time than needed so you’re not rushing through the week. Do this Saturday or Sunday the week prior and then while you’re setting up for the following week, look back and evaluate what worked and what didn’t.
This is even more important when you have a brand new baby keeping your schedule busy all week. Take a moment to go over these with your partner too so you guys can attack the week together!
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4. Create a Routine
Successful women have morning and/or evening routines. This could be as simple as:
Have coffee and breakfast
Get dressed and ready for the day
Even work-from-home women should prepare themselves for the day ahead. You’ll feel better and soon it will be second nature.
At night, you could include things like:
- Wash face
- 5 minutes of stretching
- Lights out
Create a routine that fits your needs and remember, don’t overload yourself. You should be enjoying your routine, not dreading it! Some nights, your baby might be up fussing until midnight and make this harder to do. Still, try to do something to take care of yourself that day. Even if it is as simple as wash your face, brush your teeth and get some sleep!
5. Treat yourself
Treat yo’ self, girl! Get that mani/pedi combo you’ve been wanting to get for months but haven’t made time for. Take a break at a cafe and just sit and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Take 20 minutes and start reading that book you’ve been putting off! The point is, stop putting your needs on hold! MAKE time to treat yourself. It’s necessary to be healthy and a good mama. Make your postpartum self-care a have-to-do.
6. Get Moving!
Sometimes the idea of committing to a full-fledged workout routine is intimidating. It is also extremely scary (and oftentimes unrealistic) to get up over an hour early to make it to that 5 am spin class. Be able to shower and get to work on time or before the baby wakes up for the day (not to mention you’ve been up every two hours).
However, there are small things you can do to help get you moving! For your postpartum self-care routine, try an at home work out. There are many platforms where you can do a quick 20-minute work out in the comfort of your own home. Along with working out, yoga can also be very beneficial to your overall well-being. There are some amazing Yogi’s on YouTube that lead great sessions. These can also range in time, so find something that works for you! If you don’t want to do that, get outside. If it’s nice enough, bundle the baby and breathe in some fresh air. Take in the scenery. This is a great time to spend with your family.
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7. Listen to Something (Favorite songs, podcast, Ted Talk, Sermon)
Ever get that “ all is well” feeling when you play your favorite upbeat song on one of the first warm and sunny days of the year? Get after that feeling, girl! Take some time to listen to your favorite song or favorite podcast. On your walk, listen to a Ted Talk or end your day with a sermon or some kind of spiritual message. Listen to something that motivates you, something that you enjoy and care about. This is a great way to start or end your day! Be sure to include your little ones (if they are old enough)! Have a dance party in the living room, go for a drive with the windows down and sing along. Make it fun!
Postpartum Mom Tip: Listen to a Podcast when you lay your little one down for a nap or you’re feeding him/her!
8. Watch One of Your Favorite TV Shows
We get so caught up in our day to day that sometimes we forget to relax. You’re allowed to do mindless activities and veg out! You’re busy and hardworking. You deserve a few chocolates (make sure to safely hide these from the kids) and 45 minutes on the couch. (Maybe longer if you’re into Netflix bingeing like me!)
Watch something you enjoy, whether it’s a TV show, favorite movie, comedy special… just make sure it lightens your spirits and it’s something that YOU want to do. Lay the baby down for bed, get your comfy pants on, and hop on that couch!
9. Take a Bath!
Give grandma and grandpa the baby for a few hours, relax, and take a special bath! Break out the candles, dim the lights. Splurge and grab an amazing bath bomb from Lush (or make your own)! If you have a sore body part, check Google to see what kind of essential oils or other remedies ease the pain. Grab a book, put on some relaxing music, and enjoy the moment alone. Definitely make baths a priority on your postpartum self-care checklist. A good bath can cure almost anything 😉
10. Do a Self-care or Happiness Challenge
A lot of blogs and Instagram Influencers do monthly challenges. Your postpartum self-care challenge this month is to find a happiness or self-care challenge. Then, implement one small thing into your day that is good for YOU! After you complete a challenge, you can reflect and see what things worked best for you. What things made you feel recharged and ready to take on the work? Take these things and try to implement them into your new daily routine.
**BONUS! To really get more out of this, try to fit in one thing each day, even if it’s just 1 minute of stretching. Taking care of yourself is SO important.
Hi! My name’s Amanda! I’m the owner of Sleepy Mom’s Club, A Lifestyle Blog. I am a stay at home, working mama with an awesome husband, a little boy, and 2 pups. Self-care is something I have struggled with for a long time and there are still times that I have to remind myself to take a break! I hope you enjoyed my post. Now go take a bath! 😉
You can find me, here!