Parent Self Care
Having a child, or perhaps even more than one of them, will change your entire worldview. All of a sudden, you’re no longer the most important person in your life. You would give everything, even if that means years of your lifespan, to ensure that your child is safe, healthy and happy, generally in that order.
Yet it’s also important to remember that self-sacrifice is not necessarily a good thing in and of itself. After all, if you were to completely neglect your needs, you’re not going to be a very good parent. Not only will you be exhausted. But your mental and physical health will suffer. That won’t be good for anyone.
So, in order to look out for others, we also need to look out for number one. This means taking some time for a break when you can find it. And also implementing sustainable self-care habits that work with our daily schedules. But more than focusing on the smaller, more ‘serious’ habits we all know – like getting out in nature, meditating, and exercising when we can (or just catching up on sleep), let’s consider how caring for yourself is further demonstrated.
Having Fun With Fashion Again
During maternity, it’s doubtful that you were wearing the fashion you usually did, although it’s perfectly possible for pregnant mothers to look glowing and rosy over those nine months. However, once you have your child, you can focus again on dressing how you like.
Now, it’s important to remember that your body will have changed during this time and that’s perfectly natural and normal to be the case. When you shop for bralettes online, for example, you can ensure your underwear fits the body you have today. This way, you get to have fun with fashion. Dress how you like. And maybe switch up your style. Who said parents had to be unfashionable? Sometimes, refitting your sizes, trying up a new outlet, or even outfitting your wardrobe for the upcoming season, can make a profound difference.
Keeping Up With A Friendship You Cherish
Many new parents worry that having a child is going to deter some of their friends. But while it’s true that new parents often see their general amount of friends decline due to their extra responsibilities, the friendships you maintain or create will grow in depth.
Meeting other young Moms at the school events, or keeping up with someone who has always been with you for your morning walks is important to keep on top of. Sure, you may have excess demand on your schedule. But don’t be afraid to take your newborn with you in a stroller for your coffee so you can catch up with your friend. Take time out when you need it. Friendship not only offers life-planning support, but emotional support too.
A Creative Outlet When You Can Find It
As a parent, it may feel as though your time for hobbies is drastically reduced. This is why taking a creative outlet when you can manage it will help you express yourself properly. And this can help with emotional regulation and stress-busting.
So, perhaps you’ll keep up painting in your spare room. Or noodle with your guitar when and where you can. Alternatively, perhaps you could try your hand at creative writing or blog-writing as a form of journaling, maybe even hosted online.
Or, maybe this is the year you start your YouTube channel, offering advice for new parents or something completely different. Having at least one thing you can contribute to on a no-pressure schedule textures you as a person, and can help you avoid ever feeling ‘trapped’ in your regular schedule. Even ten minutes a day is acceptable.
Romance With Your Partner
Making time for romance, as awkward as that can be with your beloved child around, can be a good use of your time.
Perhaps once a month you can ask your parent to look after your beautiful child so you and your partner can enjoy a meal in a lovely local restaurant. That’s enough. It’s important to take that space away from being ‘new parents’ solely, and also reaffirm the time spent with one another.
Relationships and marriages take work without added pressure, and more so when the intensive pressure of raising a brand new human is around. When you implement that approach, you’re sure to find a worthwhile outcome.
With this advice, you’re certain to remember that as a parent you need care too, even if that comes from appropriate self-care. We hope this guide helps!