Do you need a pick me up post-pregnancy? Perhaps you feel like you need a way to unwind and take away the stresses and strains of the day?
Remember all those breathing techniques you learned for labour? Yep? They’re still useful now especially when you’re feeling particularly stressed. Try breathing in deeply through your nose and then slowly out of your mouth. You’ll immediately feel the tension slipping away. You can always accompany this with an app like Headspace or Calm, for some added mindfulness.
It’s pretty common for new parents to feel safe inside the four walls of their home, but getting yourself outside can really help you to clear your mind and leave you feeling energised. You don’t even need to plan a great adventure, a quick walk around your neighborhood or a leg stretch in the countryside will have absolutely the same effect. Getting outside even has the added bonus that the fresh air will help your little one drift off into a nice long sleep. Try and set yourself a challenge of getting out there at least 3 times a week – you’ll feel better, we promise!
Get some YOU time.
We know it’s far easier said than done, but finding time for you can really help relieve stress. It doesn’t necessarily matter how long you get, even if it’s just a shower to freshen up away from your little one, you’ll certainly feel better. Some of our favourite ‘YOU’ time things to do are;
- Take a nice soak in the bath.
- Go for a walk alone!
- Watch Netflix
- Make a cup of tea and enjoy with a good helping of biscuits.
- Read a book or listen to an audiobook.
- Scroll through Instagram and check out some hilarious reel (Make sure you visit @purflosleep though!)
Talk, Talk, Talk.
Just chatting about your worries, or how you are feeling to a partner, friend, or member of the family can really help you to lift that stress off of your shoulders. Keeping how you are feeling doesn’t help anyone, and can often leave us feeling more stressed than before.
If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, head to the NHS website or speak to your midwife/health visitor. There are lots of great resources out there to help support you, so you should never feel like you’re alone.