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Relief For Tired Mom

Relief For Tired Mom

Once the baby is born, there's little chance for a tired mom to relax. Many women find themselves exhausted, stressed out and trying to get used to breastfeeding and feeding schedules. Even simple tasks like paying a bill or doing laundry can be overwhelming. So, what can new moms do to relax while taking care of a new baby?

Although exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do, fitting in 15 minutes every day can do wonders for your energy level and emotional health. Take a walk with your baby in the stroller, or do yoga in the living room while your infant is napping. Stretch for five minutes when you get up in the morning and before bed.

Sleep may be a distant memory for you with a fussy newborn and an irregular sleep schedule. New babies rarely sleep through the night, and are up every few hours for feedings. You'll have to grab sleep when you can, so take a nap in the afternoon when your baby is asleep, or have a friend or family member care for your infant so you can catch up on some rest.

Healthy eating contributes a lot to your energy level, as well as your physical and emotional well being. Keeping yourself alert with coffee or sugary snacks or skipping lunch because you're busy will soon make you feel lethargic and even more tired when the caffeine or sugar wears off. Get a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, and make sure you're eating enough protein. Lean meats and fish, nuts and tofu will all help sustain you throughout your busy days.

Even though you probably won't have time to spend the day at a spa or take a weekend getaway to unwind, you can find ways to relax at home. Light candles and have a soothing bubble bath while your baby's in bed, or curl up on the couch with a good book when you have a few extra minutes.

While your life is now largely focused on your baby, don't forget to keep in touch with friends and spend time with your partner or family. Call a close friend during the day for a short chat or have your neighbor over for coffee in the morning. Many couples find they have limited time to spend together after their baby's arrival, so set aside an hour in the evenings to find out how your spouse's day was and reconnect.

One of the best ways to fight stress is to avoid worrying about unfinished housework or unpaid bills. Don't sit down at midnight with a stack of checks to write or start mopping the kitchen floor. Taking care of a newborn is time consuming and it's often difficult to set aside time for yourself. However, by making yourself a priority and taking time to relax, you'll be better prepared for all of the demands of motherhood!


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