Tips For Moms On How To Get More Energy, Get Rid Of Stress And Recharge While Caring For Baby And Their Family

Many new moms are so busy caring for their baby they often forget to take care of themselves, which can lead to stress and exhaustion. Dyan Eybergen, therapist and author of Out of the Mouths of Babes, shares easy and practical tips for new moms to beat the stress.
Dyan Eybergen RN

It's a natural mothering instinct to put the welfare and needs of your family before your own. Whether you work outside of the home or stay home to raise your children, the overwhelming responsibility of child rearing in today's fast-paced society can be like finding your way through a complicated maze.

Any which way you turn feels uncertain and with so many obstacles in the way your senses become disorientated and you lose yourself to the task. The maze is usually so tightly structured that there is little room for you to sit down and rest. Racing to the finish line where you are let out of the maze appears to be the goal, but when you get there, very few of you will have any energy left over to do anything for yourselves.

7 tips to recharge

Tip #1: Invest in some really nice herbal shampoos and body lotions. When you take that shower in the morning you will awaken your senses with the aromatherapy.

Tip #2: Every day make it a point to take notice of something beautiful – a flower, the sunrise or sunset, a fluffy cloud, or a piece of art. Exploring beauty in nature and art ignites the creative imagination and opens the mind to inspiration.

Tip #3: While having your coffee in the morning or while the kids are eating breakfast, write down three or four things you were grateful for from the day before. For example: the flower blooming in your garden that you noticed, your children's kisses good night, the dog's wagging tail upon greeting you home, a phone call from a friend. Reflecting on what you’re thankful for affirms the positive in your life.

Tip #4: While sitting at your desk, or waiting for a red light to turn green, or at the park with your kids, do some simple stretches and relaxation exercises to relieve tension. Extend your hands out in front of you and stretch from the shoulders and across the upper back. Rotate your neck and shoulders in slow circular motions. Shrug your shoulders tight about your ears and hold for a few seconds, then slowly release. Tighten the muscles of your legs and arms, hold to the count of 10 and then slowly let loose.

Tip #5: When you’re having a moment of frustration or sadness sing "Jingle Bells", or any other song that makes you happy. As silly as it seems, it will make you smile. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins (natural pain killers) and serotonin (neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep and appetite in the central nervous system).

Tip #6: If you commute to work through public transportation don't do any work during this time. Instead, read a book for pure enjoyment or just sit and stare out of the window and let your thoughts run free. If you stay home with the kids, insist on having 20 or 30 minutes of "quiet time" where everyone finds some activity to do quietly on their own.

Tip #7: Indulge in something pleasurable every day, such as a cup of your favourite herbal tea or Belgium hot chocolate. Put on cashmere socks that make your feet feel soft and cosy or wear your favourite perfume that you usually save for special nights out. Eat off fine china and drink from those crystal glasses you received as a wedding gift and you haven't used since Thanks Giving. Wear your grandmother's good pearls during the day and put on lipstick. Give yourself the message that you are special and deserving. Treat yourself to anything that makes you feel pampered.

Remember, we often project our moods on to our children, unintentionally or not. Every interaction we have with our children is imbued with tremendous power to affect them. Taking care of yourself will ensure that you have the energy to navigate through the maze of raising children in a way that is positive and impactful for both you and your kids.

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