The arrival of a baby is one of the most joyful times in a woman’s life. It is also one of the most stressful. Even with the loving support of a spouse, family and friends, you, as the new mom, are the person who is making most of the decisions about the new baby while taking care of the rest of the household. Is it any wonder that you’re stressed out? Luckily, there are some great ways for you to relax and recharge. Here are three ideas to put into action today.
Mom’s Night Out
Before the baby came along, you might have been very active hosting a book club, going out for a wine tasting or signing up for the occasional art class. There’s no reason why you can’t go back to doing the things you love even if it is just for one night a month. Make it a priority with your partner. When they see how important it is to you, they’ll offer their full support. Clearpoint recommends going out with fellow moms or on a solo excursion will be a special treat to look forward to.
At some point, the new baby and the other kids are going to be asleep. That might seem like the perfect time to finish up some forgotten chores. Don’t. Take that time for a relaxing bath. How great will it be to slip into a warm bubble bath knowing that there won’t be a knock on the door asking for mommy’s help? You can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water for a more soothing bath experience. doTERRA talks about how essential oils can also double as emotional support as certain scents can improve mood and reduce stress.
Go to Bed Early
The one thing the majority of moms would like to have is more sleep. That will be difficult during the first few months of having a new baby when they’re waking up every couple of hours. Once they settle into a sleep routine, you should take full advantage of that by going to bed early. It will help to create a relaxing sleep environment without distractions. You should also put your partner on “wake up duty” for the night so that you can sleep uninterrupted. No Sleepless Nights points out that you’ll be amazed at how eight solid hours of sleep can work wonders for your mind, body, and soul.
Finding ways to relax and let go of the stress associated with motherhood is good for your well-being, which affects those around you. The less stress you take on, the more you’ll be able to enjoy these special moments.