Oh, the joy of having a newborn.
Less than three hours of sleep, more time awake changing nappies, singing lullabies, burping, feeding, and the list goes on. We can’t shake the fact that these little ones NEED us; however, this doesn’t mean that we should stop caring for ourselves.
I know it’s easier said than done but moms need to take care of themselves, too. Why? Because it’s one way to restore our strength — physically, mentally, and emotionally — so we can give more to our children.
Below are 8 simple ways to get new moms pampered:
1. Get Your Hair Done
I know, this is probably the last on your list but I also know that the only style you’re doing now is the infamous “mom bun”. Unless you’re gonna revamp it, maybe it’s time to hit the salon and have your hair done. Cut it short (saves your hair from damage due to frequent ponytails), get a highlight or better yet, change your hair color for a quick mega transformation.
2. Dinner With Friends
I know it’s pretty hard to leave the little one — trust me! The first time my husband gave me a day off, I went to the mall alone, have a massage, and almost cried because I felt guilty. I also missed my clingy little prince, so after an hour or so, I went home. But honey, if you have someone you’re comfortable leaving your baby with a.k.a. hubby or your mom, feel free to go out alone. Watch a movie. Eat at a favorite restaurant. Go to a spa. Or just sip your favorite coffee. Why? BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT.
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3. Pour Yourself A Wine
And don’t hesitate to go fancy on it. Purchase a new wine glass and a bottle of vin. You may try this at home or visit a fancy restaurant nearby. Clueless about which wine to take? Here’s a quick guide to wine selection from Primer Magazine:
Chardonnay – Fruity, buttery, with a velvety feel that’s atypical to dry white wines.
Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) – Simple, light-bodied, dry and crisp. (Fun fact: the favorite wine of Liz Lemon).
Riesling – Usually very sweet, with intense fruit flavors. Much lighter than chardonnay.
Moscato – Fruity, and often sweet.
Sauvignon Blanc – Dry, tart and acidic with herbal flavors as well as tropical fruit.
Cabernet Sauvignon – Full-bodied with herbal notes. The younger cab has rich flavors of currant.
Merlot – Fruity, spicy. Very soft, less tannic than Cabernet sauvignon.
Pinot Noir – Delicate and fresh, very soft tannins with fruity aromas.
Zinfandel – Typically zesty, ranges from medium- to full-bodied and dry to off-dry.
4. Spa Day
Head out to your favorite spa with a friend, or maybe alone. Have a massage to soothe your tired body or a facial because, well, skincare! Don’t compromise yourself with the things that will make you feel and look better.
5. Get Some Killer Workout!
Exercising doesn’t just leave a killer bod, it also gives your mind the peace it needs. It might exhaust you for a while but with persistence, it will provide you the strength you need every day. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should get active now!
6. Visit A Therapist
It’s no secret how Postpartum Depression — a.k.a. PPD — affects some, if not all, moms and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Taking care of a child is no joke so it’s best to visit an expert who can work on your issues. Talking to a therapist doesn’t necessarily mean you’re losing it or your situation is aggravated. In fact, it’s beneficial for you to become a better, stronger person.
And for all moms experiencing PPD, remember, you’re not alone. We may have different situations but one day, we’ll get through it. You’re an inspiration, super mom!
Traveling with kids sound like a disaster so if you’re not comfortable with it yet, go out with them for a quick staycation. Let your husband take care of your little one for a while and just hide between the sheets. C’mon, get some well-deserved sleep.
And while you’re having some more time for yourself, you can do any of these beauty tips and tricks for moms.
Once your sleepyheads are slumbering, feel free to binge on Netflix to watch your favorite series, like Santa Clarita Diet, Good Girls, or Parenthood. Or spend the night watching movies for moms like us. Here are a few recommendations:
A Bad Moms Christmas
Mom’s Night Out
Mars Needs Mom
What To Expect When You’re Expecting
See, it doesn’t need cash to be pampered but it’s not a bad choice to go out and splurge. After all, you’re working your ass off every day. You have kids and you’re a mom– yes, that’s a fact — but still, you’re a human being living one life. Live it to the fullest and don’t just look yourself down there. You are your child’s role model so it’s a good idea to show them that life’s worth living, and you can never do that if you’re all burnt out and tired.
Do you agree with me? What other ways can you get yourself (as a mom) pampered? Feel free to share your thoughts and tips in our community or at the comment box below.