This post is sponsored by Ritual. All opinions are my own.
Now that I’m over a year postpartum (how?!?) I wanted to share some tips that have helped me feel more like myself as I navigate this new role of motherhood. With each new phase, your baby’s needs change and so do yours. You gain a bit more of yourself back with each passing month, but remembering to connect with those needs can be challenging. I try to pay attention to all the times I think, “I needed that” and make time for whatever *that* may be. Looking back on the last year, these stood out to me.
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- Get outside! I’m always shocked by how much a short walk can turn mine (and Remy’s!) moods around. If we don’t make it on a walk first thing in the morning, we usually take a few laps around our neighborhood after dinner. We also like to take hikes at Radnor Lake, go to the zoo with friends and take Remy to the pool.
3. Meal prep… whatever that looks like to you. To be honest, this is one I am still struggling with, but I am a more present mom when I prioritize preparing mine, Cameron’s and Remy’s meals. Some weeks that looks like cooking most meals together and sharing that special time. Right now we have several big projects going on so I’m actually trying out a delivery service (Katie’s Plates). I’ll keep you guys posted on that. I am still nursing and notice a huge difference in my overall mood and wellness when I am nourishing my body with healthy, filling meals. 4. Find your “me time.” This changes almost monthly for me, but right now I am really enjoying breakfast or coffee dates alone between errands. In the beginning, it was baths and meditation. Maybe for you, it’s a group workout class or sitting in your car alone eating ice cream and watching Netflix… no judgment here. Even just 15 minutes can make all the difference. Talk to your partner about how you can work together to both find some alone time to just “be.”
5. On the flip side, connect with your people. I had Remy during an isolating time and didn’t realize how much I was craving that connection with other moms and friends until recently. Seeing Remy thrive in social settings has also been fulfilling to me. It can be easy to get caught up in your routine, but call a friend and make plans for dinner. I promise you won’t regret it!
6. Ask for help. Ask for help for small and big things. Ask for help from your partner, your family, your friends. You will be surprised how eager people will be to help you and how much lighter it will make you feel.
What is your #1 advice for a new mama in the first year? Share your advice in the comments!