There’s tired… and then there’s how you feel having survived the festive season with a baby. Here’s how to get the spring back in your step.
Not the first thing that springs to mind for a new mother, granted, but you owe it to you and your baby to take time to unwind and recharge. Think about:
- Taking a full day off – get your family or friends to step in and just do absolutely nothing.
- If that’s not an option, at least get an hour to yourself for the sole purpose of wallowing in the bath – or sleeping. Pour in some relaxing bubble bath and breathe deeply.
- The house looks like a tip? Who cares? It will get tidied when you’re good and ready. And anyone who points out that the post-Christmas mess is lasting well into January can roll up their sleeves!
Swerve the January blues
Everybody’s left and gone back to work and you’re stuck at home with a little one. Back to reality! The post-Christmas period can be drab enough, so don’t be surprised if you experience a dip in mood once all the fun finishes. Short days, low light and tedium add up to grumpy feelings – it’s normal and will pass. Remember you’ve been on an epic journey and it will take time to get back to ‘normal’.
Do something new
A change is as good as a rest – or so they say. Why not try…
- Doing yoga or swimming together. It will also help you and your baby get to know each other better.
- Getting outside – either with or without the latest member of your family. It will clear your head, change your focus and help your health. Find out more about getting active
Change your diet
The season of indulgence is over (sadly). These tips should help you to regain some energy…
- Take a vitamin B complex supplement – especially if you feel a little low as they can result in dramatic improvements in mood. They also aid energy production, the proper function of the immune and nervous systems, and in the production of red and white blood cells.
- Resist the urge to get the baby weight off pronto – dieting may affect your milk production and will make you feel tired. Give yourself six months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
- Get your oats – these release energy slowly and keep you full for longer. Choose whole oats, which still have their fibrous outer shell – they take even longer to break down and so keep that energy flowing for longer.
- Snack well. Peanut butter will give you an instant lift because of its balance of fats, protein, and carbohydrates.