As a new parent, you are faced with the daunting task of juggling work, family life, and yourself. But often parents don’t have the time or energy to do anything for themselves.
New moms and dads need to take care of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally too to be the best parent possible. Remember that you’re not only taking care of your baby but also yourself!
These are some tips on how to help you stay energized during this incredible journey called parenthood.
Caffeine can be a great way to help stay energized during those crazy midnight feedings. Try to keep caffeinated drinks as healthy as possible by using almond milk, agave nectar instead of sugar and skipping the whipped cream.
Find the best Nespresso machine on the market and enjoy some quality time for at least 15-20 min every day. Having a cup of coffee 30 minutes before exercise can also help you feel more energized.
Drinking coffee in moderation has been shown to improve energy levels and can be a great energy booster.
Eat small, healthy meals every three hours
Eating small, healthy meals every three hours will help keep your energy levels up without having those late-night fast food binges that have been known to happen after a long day of chasing a tiny human being around the house.
Choose lean meats and veggies over fried and processed foods. Eating often will keep your metabolism up and will help curb those hunger pains that can cause you to binge eat high fat and sugary snacks.
Eat healthy carbs
Healthy carbs such as whole-grain bread, oatmeal, popcorn, or pasta give your body a much needed break from the monotony of healthy proteins. Whole grain bread is packed with all sorts of great minerals and can be a good source of calcium, fiber, potassium, and iron just to name a few.
Dinner time may not leave you much time for cooking so be prepared by making sure your pantry contains plenty of healthy options.
Get enough sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is oftentimes one of the hardest tasks for new moms since you may worry about your child waking up in the middle of the night, but getting a good nights sleep will make sure you wake up refreshed and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
Try not to nap when baby naps and go to bed early every night. It is also good to get up with the sun every day since sun exposure helps your body adjust more quickly to waking up.
Do some exercise
Getting out for a quick jog around the block will help you feel refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes your way. This can be especially helpful if you find yourself feeling anxious or sad due to the sleep deprivation that comes with newborns.
Just remember to stretch beforehand and be safe when jogging around your neighborhood at night or during dusk.
New moms are often faced with not only being stuck inside all day long but also having all sorts of expenses associated with having a baby like diapers, clothes, and toys galore. This can make it hard to make ends meet from time to time.
Try not to stress about how you are going to come up with the money for next month’s rent. Instead focus on the things you can control like paying off debt, saving a little extra each paycheck, and making sure you have enough money in your savings account for those unexpected emergencies that always arise.
Remember to take a break
One of the best things new parents can do for themselves is take some time out once in a while to relax and recharge their batteries. Sometimes this time may have to be taken during nap time or when your partner gets home from work but you mustn’t lose yourself in motherhood.
Book a massage, go see your best friend or sign up for that Zumba class you’ve been meaning to try. You deserve it.
Call for family backup
New moms love the help and support they receive from family members but it’s important to not lean on them too much. Be sure to take some time for yourself when your partner is home or book a babysitter so you can go out with friends for a few hours at least once a week.
Having some alone time will help you stay energized for when it’s time to be home with your little one.