Moms have an incredible tendency to care more about how others are doing than themselves. I have seen this so often and the same women feel guilty if they ever do something that is just for them. As a Wellness Coach, my goal is to break down this type of thinking and remind moms that by taking care of themselves, they are ensuring a better outcome for their babies. Below are four self-care tips for moms.
1. Stop Comparing Yourself To Other Moms
We live in an image filled social media world. And in this world, people put their very best foot forward. It is so tempting to assume that the person we see in the picture has the perfect life, the perfect body, the perfect husband, and the perfect baby. But I am here to tell you that is not reality! These moms who look perfect on their Instagram feed do not look like that everyday. Their baby is not perfectly behaved everyday. They probably don’t want me to tell you that, but it’s true. So I urge you to stop comparing yourselves and realize that behind every picture is a unique story.
2. Exercise Daily
I know that these two words together can be daunting for a new mom. But when I say exercise daily, I don’t necessarily mean 60-minute sessions. That can be virtually impossible for moms. What I do mean is finding ways to squeeze movement in all day long. Even if it is broken down into shorter segments. Sometimes you may find you only have 15 minutes all day when you can even thinking about working out. If that’s the case, this is a great full-body workout you can do at home. If you’re not quite at the level yet, go for a walk! Take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator. Maybe park further away from the entrance. These minor things add up to increased activity all day long.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Every day brings new challenges and also new milestones! Learning how to be mindful so that you can stay in the present will ensure that you do not miss a moment due to stress, busy thoughts or simply checking out. Building a mindfulness practice does not have to be meditation. Sometimes it can just be taking five or 10 minutes to sit in quiet without any distractions such as your cell phone, the television, a book or people and focus on your breathing. Learn more about why being mindful is so important for new moms.
4. Eat Real Food
One of my favorite authors on the subject of food is Michael Pollan. His most famous quote is: “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants”. It’s really that simple. Eating food that nourishes you rather than satisfies an emotional need is the key to taking care of yourself. You’ll find that you have improved energy, more restful sleep, and your mind will be sharper! I’ve read a lot of his books and my biggest takeaway is to avoid foods that have health claims. For a food first needs to have a package in order to have health claim. Shop at your local farmer’s market if possible, shop the perimeter of the grocery store, and try your hand at cooking if you are not already! The health of your family and yourself will improve.