As part of the Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year, today I — and over 30 other bloggers — are helping new parents take care of themselves. Because it’s a weird, insular world, those first few weeks with a new baby. You don’t get out much. Babies are frigging demanding. They don’t do anything for themselves. But doing one small , simple thing for you…sometimes that’s all you need to re-energize and feel better about taking care of everyone else also. Here are a few suggestions:
1.) For the love of Bath and Bodyworks, take a shower already. New moms and teen boys seem to be the only social groups who brag about how long it’s been since they’ve showered. We even take it as a point of pride — we must love our babies so much if we refuse to leave them even for five minutes. I’m giving you permission to shower. Actually, more than that — I’m asking nicely if you would please shower. You’ll feel better afterward. You’ll smell better afterward. It can change your whole day.
2.) Take a walk. With or without baby. You just need a little fresh air, and the exercise from a light walk can wake you up and reinvigorate you and change your entire frame of mind. Sometimes you just need a little change of scenery.
3.) Pray, meditate, sit still. Just for five minutes. Without folding laundry or anything. It helps to just be for a few minutes before pushing on with the day.
4.) Get a cup of coffee. Or tea. Or hot chocolate. One of my big luxuries is, on occasion, running into Starbucks for five minutes and sitting all by myself. I like getting out of the house, but if that’s not possible, even a cup of coffee on the back deck, or in a garden, or on your couch, can be all you need to reset for the day.
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