Motherhood can feel overwhelming, but self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate or involve fancy products. As a new mom, you get to redefine what self-care means as you navigate motherhood.
Self-care for new moms can be simpler — and more significant — than society’s definition of it. Instead of booking a massage, it could mean checking in with your emotional or mental health.
It’s worth your while to practice self-care as a new mom, but in a way that makes sense for you. Get started with these three reminders.
1. Say Yes to a Helping Hand (Without Guilt)
Accepting help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Your loved ones want to surround you with support because they care, not because they want favors. Let yourself say yes to help, knowing that helping hands aren’t loans of kindness; they’re heartfelt gifts that you don’t have to repay.
2. Take Motherhood One Day at a Time
No one expects you to be a picture-perfect mother, and you shouldn’t hold yourself to that standard. You take life one day at a time, and it’s OK to take motherhood one day at a time, too. Trust that it takes a while to get used to motherhood.
3. Remember That Tough Times Are Temporary
Sometimes, self-care means recognizing that tough times are just times that are tough. Remind yourself that you’re capable of weathering both bad days and good. Motherhood might have a learning curve, but you will get the hang of it.
Above all, be gentle with yourself through all the emotional experiences of motherhood — especially if you have the baby blues or postpartum depression. If you need support for postpartum, mental or physical health but aren’t sure where to begin, we’re here to help.