10 ways to be healthy when you are sleep deprived, covered in spit up, and changing your 100th diaper of the day.
We are on week 8 of this new parent stuff and it’s been haaarrrdddd! But it’s also had incredible moments of first smiles, and new noises. I by no means have this all figured out, not even a little bit. But what I do know is that if mama ain’t healthy, then nobody is happy.
Here are my ten ways to make it look like I have it all together in the midst of absolute chaos.
1. Keep your sense of humor.
When it’s 3am and Cade kicked out of his swaddle for the millionth time, peed all over the changing table, and won’t stop crying. I try to find a little laugh. After all, it is pretty funny that this 10 pound bundle of joy is now capable of running your life.
2. Have smoothies for breakfast.
Mostly because they are super easy to make while holding an infant in the other arm. But also because you can load them with fruit, veggies, protein powders, and other good for you ingredients.
3. Enlist the help of the daddy or partner.
Daddy doesn’t always know how to help. Ask.
4. Have emotional support that is just a text message away.
This may be what saved me from insanity my first month and continues to. I have the best sisters on the world.
5. Get your nails done.
This will be hard the first time. But get out of the house for the hour and go make yourself pretty. It goes a long way.
6. Go for a walk.
Being outside is proven to decrease depression, increase endorphins, and give you energy. Just do it. Everyday. It gets easier and easier.
7. Plan, plan, plan. Then forget the plan.
We make a plan everyday. Then we see what happens. It’s all unexpected so just roll with it.
8. Shower everyday.
This is one of my daily goals. From the day in the hospital that I could, I make sure I get in a shower. It may not be till 7pm but it makes a world of difference.
9. Have salad for lunch.
Because you need to eat healthy. Because maybe you are trying to work on baby weight. Because you can ask your partner to make one the night before and it’s ready to go the next day.
10. Turn off the TV.
It’s soooo easy to get sucked in. But if you go back up to #6 and go for a walk then that is your first step. Pick a time each morning then the tv goes off and you give the day a try.
I just realized I have a #11. Meet other new mamas. Join a moms group, take postnatal classes, try mommy and me classes, meet a friend who has babies or kids. It’s nice to talk to someone who understands and that you can exchange stories with.