You’ve been through a lot. Your body’s gone through a major transformation, and you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the changes in your life that have occurred over the past nine months. The good news is that there are many ways to take care of yourself now that you can start doing again, like taking time for self-care or finding creative outlets. Here are some ideas on how to make this transition easier.
1. Get plenty of rest
Even though it may seem difficult to get rest when you’re taking care of an infant, it’s very important to take time for yourself to recharge. You probably don’t need as much sleep as your baby does, so catch up by taking a nap or going to bed early whenever you can. Get your partner involved and have them take care of your child while you take your well-deserved break.
2. Try meditation
Getting back to a normal routine can be difficult, but finding time for yourself is important. Meditation is one of the best techniques for helping you relax and relieving stress so that you have more energy. You can explore meditative activities like virtual tai chi classes, yoga tutorials, and simple breathing exercises. Make sure to meditate in a quiet area without distractions or interruptions, so your mind can focus on the present moment.
3. Find a creative outlet
You may have dedicated much of your time to activities that helped you prepare for your child’s birth, such as childbirth classes or breastfeeding lessons. Looking forward, try finding a new way to express yourself through art, writing, cooking, or making music. It might be difficult at first if you’re used to being an “adult” all the time, but you can always go back to those other activities if you find that it’s not satisfying.
4. Care for your body
Taking care of yourself as a post-pregnancy woman means caring for your physical as well as emotional needs. Once again, ask your life partner and any other family members or friends for assistance by checking in on you, running errands for you, or even just providing a meal. In caring for yourself physically, focus on your health and wellness with a nutritious diet and daily exercise. Your mental health is just as important as the rest of you, so take time to meditate, socialize, and reflect on how to make your life better.
5. Join a support group
If you want more help adjusting to post-pregnancy life or you’re having trouble finding other mothers in your community that are experiencing similar issues, consider joining a support group. It’s a great way to find new friends, build relationships with other mothers, and can help you learn more about your post-pregnancy experiences. Support groups typically meet in person or online and provide a forum for people with common problems to connect and discuss their personal experiences.
6. Keep a journal
Keeping a journal is an excellent way to get in touch with your feelings. Our emotions are often very complex, especially around the time of pregnancy, so writing them down can help you process them so that you can find ways to deal with them or communicate more effectively. You can start by exploring issues that may be causing stress or worry, then brainstorming solutions to problems and listing things you appreciate.
7. Remember that you can ask for help
If you’re having a particularly difficult time coping with the stresses of post-pregnancy life, don’t hesitate to seek out professional help. You can either look for local therapists or counselors that are available in your community or consider online counseling and video chat sessions. There’s no shame in asking for assistance when necessary, especially while you transition back into your pre-pregnancy life.
8. Remember that the best person you can talk to is yourself
Above all, remember that you’re your best friend and biggest cheerleader. Even when other people aren’t around, remind yourself of your strong points and areas for improvement so that you have a reason to feel positive about who you are, how you look, and everything you’ve accomplished. It’s easy to compare yourself with other women who are experiencing the same thing you are but try looking for examples of people who have successfully made it through what you’re currently dealing with or think about how much more confident you might be in the future after getting over this hurdle.
Self-care is important for all aspects of our lives, but it can be especially challenging after giving birth. These eight tips will help post-pregnancy women adjust to their new lives and find ways to care for themselves both physically and emotionally. If you’re still struggling after trying some of these methods, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.