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It's been a few years, but I remember vividly those first few days and weeks after having a baby. The emotions, the exhaustion, and just-all the feels. It can be so overwhelming. There are definitely people who deal with more than the "baby blues" and if that is you, please reach out and ask for help. However, I hope you find peace in knowing that no matter what it looks like on the outside, bringing home a new baby isn't easy for anyone.
The most important bit of advice is to honor the incredible event that you just participated in and look for moments to show gentleness and kindness to yourself. In between the heavy responsibilities of caring for a newborn, please take time for yourself too.
So what can you do to show yourself some love and kindness? These things might sound ridiculously simple, and most are during a normal period of your life. But here are some suggestions that don't take much time and will hopefully leave you feeling great and a little more like your old self.
- Take a hot bath or shower.
- Sleep or nap when your baby does (leave the household chores for another time).
- Watch a funny movie or read a good book.
- Drink lots of water. Stay hydrated.
- Eat good healthy food. It's tempting just to snack on whatever's around but even sitting down to one meal at the table can feel like a great milestone.
- Practice gentle movement. What feels great? A little stretching? Dancing to your favorite song? A walk around the block with your little one? Start small and slow and just enjoy it.
- Write in a journal. Let all the feelings flow out the pen and onto the paper. You don't have to share or even keep what you write if you don't want to.
- Get all dressed up. Every once in a while it feels so good to get "put back together" and dressed like your old self. Even if you don't go anywhere.
- Take a minute each day to connect spiritually through prayer, mediation, or worship.
- Connect with a friend, family member, or other support system. It can easily feel like you are all alone on baby island. But reach out and ask for help or just to hear another adult voice.
- Support your moods & emotions with essential oils. Honor what you are feeling and reach for natural support to help you through. There are so many great oils to help you with this period of your life. Check out our list below.
One of our tips is to have healthy snack and meals ready to go to help fuel yourself when you are exhausted. Besides, eating for two doesn't end when you deliver. As long as you are nursing, it is important to take in nutritious food so you can pass all that goodness on to your baby.
Try these recipes and aromatherapy suggestions to help take care of your body and mind so you can take care of your little one.
- 1 cup of Old-fashioned Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
- 1 cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 tablespoon Brewer's Yeast
- 1/3 cup of Agave Nectar
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 drop Wild Orange Essential Oil
- In a large bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients.
- Mix in the peanut butter, agave nectar, vanilla, and essential oil.
- Cover and place in refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and roll mixture into small balls. (Use a cookie scoop to ensure uniform size.)
Blueberry Green Smoothie
- 1 Frozen Banana, Chopped
- 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
- 6 oz Fresh Spinach
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
- 1 teaspoon Flaxseed Oil
- 4–6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- Combine frozen banana and blueberries in blender.
- Add greens and process again.
- Add remaining ingredients and process again until smooth.
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 ½ cups Water
- 1 Red Grapefruit
- 2 Oranges
- 1/2 cup Dried Apricots
- 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
- 1 cup Herb of Choice (Mint, parsley, or cilantro are recommended.)
- Rinse quinoa under cold water in sieve.
- Combine quinoa and water in saucepan and simmer 10 minutes, covered.
- Remove from heat and add salt. Leave covered for 10 minutes until water is absorbed and grain is soft.
- Remove peel, pith, and membranes from grapefruit and chop flesh into small pieces. Cut apricots into thin slices.
- In separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
- Add dressing ingredients and fruit mixture to quinoa and mix.
- Toast pine nuts in dry, hot pan until golden.
- Pinch leaves off the herbs; rinse, dry, and chop finely.
- To serve, scatter quinoa with pine nuts and herbs.
Tip: Cold, fresh cucumbers make a great addition to this salad when using mint as the main herb.
Diffuse these essential oils as needed. You can also apply them topically to pulse points or the back of your neck.
- Lavender - Promotes restful sleep and lessens feelings of tension.*
- Serenity Calming Blend - Reduces stressful feelings, and can help a restless baby settle at nap time or bedtime.*
- Balance Grounding Blend - Creates a calm and soothing environment.
- Citrus Bliss Invigorating Blend - Energizes and uplifts the mood.*
- Elevation Blend - Joyful blend of oils, helps lift and elevate your mood and increase your energy.
- Cheer Blend - Great blend for supporting an optimistic outlook. Helps counter negative emotions.
- Peace Blend - A combination of calming and relaxing essential oils. Helps with feelings of contentment and reassurance. Great one for new moms.
- Whisper Blend - This blend combines with your personal chemistry to create a uniquely personal fragrance. Also, very grounding and soothing.