Active Moms’ Club is very excited to present a guest blog from Christy Weber, a licensed clinical professional counselor, giving great advice on self-care tips for new moms. Perfect timing! As the holidays approach and even more demand is put on mom’s schedule, self-care becomes even more important to maintain a healthy balance. Thank you Christy! Be sure to check out Christy’s FREE event, New & Expectant Moms Pamper Party at Little Beans Café on Wednesday, Nov 14.
While this may seem like an impossible task, especially when your little one is feeding every 2-3 hours, it is important to sleep as much as possible. Even if you can’t sleep, just rest. If you can, have someone help with feedings.
Keeping your body nourished with healthy foods will help you to feel more focused and sustain your energy. Try to eat complex carbohydrates and protein while avoiding caffeine and sugar.
Try to engage in some form of exercise every day. Going out for a walk or doing some simple yoga stretches will give you a positive boost. Active Moms’ Club offers a wonderful class for moms with new babies.
Time for Yourself:
It is imperative that you set aside time each day to be by yourself. Many new moms feel guilty doing this but alone time will help you “recharge.”
Surround yourself with non-judgmental friends and family members. Motherhood is not always rainbows and sunshine so it is crucial that you have people in your life with whom you can share your honest feelings.
Remember it is okay to ask for help. You need and deserve assistance with physical tasks such as childcare, cooking and housework.
Referrals to Professionals:
There are so many wonderful resources for new moms in Chicago. Whether you are struggling with breastfeeding and need to work with a lactation consultant or are struggling with feelings of sadness or anxiety and need to talk with a therapist there are many options available. Admitting you need help is nothing to be ashamed about- you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t talk care of yourself first!
Christy Weber is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a private practice in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. She specializes in working with women struggling with feelings of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. For more information visit www.christywebertherapy.com