I felt so energised and inspired after an initial consult with a new client yesterday, because I love seeing it when a new mum is willing and able to make herself a priority while also taking incredible care of her baby. I believe that this is a great way to start the journey of motherhood.
I know from my own experience that it’s all too easy to put yourself last when you have a little human that relies on you completely day and night. We seem to forget or simply ignore that it’s important to meet our own needs as well. I thought I’d share with you why this isn’t a good idea and what you can do about it.
Take care of yourself NOW
As a new mum and the primary caregiver of your little one, you need to be able to show up every single day and that’s so much harder when your tank is nearly empty. You might be already painfully aware of this and yet you struggle to do anything for yourself. If that’s the case for you, ask yourself: How am I going to show up for my child when my patience is thin or non-existent? Who’d look after my little one if my body were to shut down due to exhaustion?
I know you’re strong, mama, and it’ll take a while for your tank to be completely empty. However, when it does happen, you simply won’t be able to give anything to anyone anymore. I don’t want this to happen to you and I think it’s safe to say that you don’t want that either.
So tell me, mama, are you willing to make some small changes to raise your overall energy level and improve your ability to get through the day? Yes, you don’t have much time and you’re tired. The last thing you want is to add even more to your to-do list. I totally get that, but I believe that even you can find a few minutes a day to incorporate some self-care.
There’s so much you can do for yourself even with little time
It’s a lot easier to incorporate a little bit of self-care every day than having to build yourself back up after a complete breakdown.
So please, don’t wait until it’s too late! Don’t wait until you’re completely exhausted and feel resentful! Don’t wait until you lash out at your partner, because you feel like you have nothing left to give!
Take care of yourself today. Be proactive instead of reactive. It’ll allow you to be the mama you want to be instead of feeling drained and like you have zero patience with everyone around you.
Self-care can help you to create a life that you don’t feel the need to escape from. It can be all about the small things, like reaching out to a friend via text, having a nap with your little one, going for a walk, saying no to feeling guilty, or letting go of any tension in your body. You see, it’s not just about spa days and massages. Many things can be considered self-care when done intentionally and mindfully.
What if you’d recharge yourself as often as you recharge your phone?
In my free Mama toolkit you’ll find more self-care activities that you can do DAILY and a whole lot of other things that can help you to prevent burn out so early on your motherhood journey. My hope is that you will use the tools in it regularly and that they’ll bring joy into your day-to-day life.
My mission is to support as many mamas as possible to take incredible care of themselves and do things that bring them joy, so that they can show up for their families as the mother and person they truly want to be. I really hope that this toolkit will help you get there.