Hey, there mama! We know you’re in the thick of motherhood right now. There might be a baby crying as you read this, or you’re counting down the minutes until you can lay down and take a nap. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart! In fact, it almost seems like no one fully warns you about how hard (yet beautiful) having a little one at home will be. When you have a new baby, there are a lot of unknowns, but it's so important that you find a way to make time for rest.
Here are 5 easy ways to get rest as a new mom. Have some other great ideas? Share them with us right here, or on our Instagram account!
1. Ask for help
For many of us, it can be hard to ask for help. But mama, you are not an island! The best thing for you and your baby is to form a support group of people who love and want to see the best for you. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask for help when you need it. Tell your spouse how they can best support you in this new season. If you’re dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety or sadness, reach out to a counselor. Lean on parents or in-laws if they’re nearby. Use a house cleaner occasionally if you can afford it. It really does take a village. And whatever it takes to make sure your baby has the happiest mama possible is worth it.
2. Schedule some YOU time
We know you’re busy. We know your house is a mess, and there’s so much to do when the baby finally goes to sleep at night. But having a little one gives you all the more reason to make time to invest in YOU. So get out your calendar, and let’s get serious. Once a month (or better yet once a week) schedule in some mom time. Take a nice long bath after the baby goes to bed. Schedule an appointment to get your nails done. Ask your spouse to be on bottle duty so you can take an hour off. Book a babysitter so you can run errands alone. Get intentional about revisiting your hobbies or reconnecting with a friend. You might be surprised how much easier parenting feels when you’ve had some time to just be you.
3. Move your body
As a new mama, you’ve already gone through a lot mentally and emotionally. The days are long, and the nights are probably even longer. But one of the best things you can do for yourself, your baby and your family is to make sure you stay healthy! Eat clean whole foods, and move your body a few times a week. This can be as simple as taking regular walks with your baby in the stroller. It can also look like taking yoga classes at your local gym or finding a series of workout videos you like on Youtube. Exercise is proven to give you more energy day in and day out, and who couldn’t use some more of that?
4. Be okay with not doing everything
When you become a mom, a lot of things change. You can’t fit as much into the day. You also might realize there are things in your life that you just don’t have the capacity to deal with anymore. You might need to narrow down your friend group a bit, and that’s okay! The dishes might not get washed every night. Maybe you won’t make it that work event, or you won’t get all the Christmas decorations up. As a mom, you have a lot on your plate. When you find yourself feeling guilty about something that you haven’t done ask yourself – is this critical to our health or happiness? If the answer is no, it might be okay to save it for later… or not do it at all.
5. Create a sleep plan
It might be too early to sleep train or get your baby on a set schedule. But it’s never too early to set your baby up for future success, and make a plan that keeps you well-rested and alert! Aim to start on your baby’s bedtime at a consistent time each night, and create a simple routine to signal that sleep time is near. Then, try to stick to a reasonable bedtime for yourself. No late night screen time or staying up for no reason! This is a short season of life, we swear. And in the meantime you want to make sure you’re getting a good amount of shut eye.
Are you ready to get more rest as a new mom? Pick 2 or 3 of these tips and try them out in the next few days. We promise you’ll be glad you did. Which of these ideas are speaking to you most? Let us know in the comments!