Nothing can prepare you for life as a new mum. Honestly, it's the beginning of a whole new world. For me, the first few months were an absolute whirlwind. Before my son Phoenix arrived, I remember my friends and family attempting to shed some light on what was ahead; cluster feeding, sleepless nights, endless nappies and limited time for yourself - a hot shower is now a real treat!
There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to self-care. Some people enjoy meditation, the gym or a delicious bar of Cadbury’s chocolate (more info on their exciting new product below). Others switch off when they’re doing something crafty, cooking up a fancy meal or having an afternoon nap - while baby naps. For me, it's about finding a mix of activities (and treats) that leave me feeling balanced, happy and content. Here are a few of the little things that I do for myself on a weekly basis
Fresh air is an obvious one. It's simple but effective. Sometimes a bit of fresh air is all you need to clear the head and readjust. A daily 30-minute brisk walk can make the world of difference. It could be as simple as walking to the shop to pick up bread, milk and a treat for yourself. So, next time you're popping to the shop, leave the car behind and walk!
Whether it’s working on your mind, body or soul, a beauty treatment is always a good way to help you to relax and feel good. You'll feel like a new woman with a fresh set of nails, a wash and blowdry or a defined set of HD brows. Booking in for one of your favourite beauty treatment is a great way to unwind and switch off. You'll look and feel good about yourself.
Switch off with your favourite series on Netflix and enjoy some time out with a bar of chocolate. I can't get enough of the delicious new Cadbury Dairy Milk bar containing 30pc less sugar. It tastes delicious and is a great alternative if you’re trying to lower your sugar intake. It’s available now so grab a bar for your next night in.
I also can't get enough of Workin' Moms, it has quickly become my top pick on Netflix. The series is a hilariously edgy comedy about the lives of working mums and is very relevant to life as a new mum. The combination of chocolate, a cup of tea and laugh out loud moments is one of my favourite me-time treats.
An essential part of self-care is doing activities that bring us happiness and give us a sense of creativity. Starting a blog has been one of the most fulfilling hobbies I’ve ever had. When Phoenix was first born I had absolutely no time to blog, I didn't know where to fit it in. I've slowly but surely improved my time management skills. Now, I set aside time to blog each week. Hobbies are very important for self-care. My other half plays pool and he aims to get out and play at least once a week too. We believe it's important for our mental health to set aside time for our hobbies. We're better parents for it.
This one is for mum and baby. Swimming is a great life skill to have. Not only will it improve your child's self-confidence, but it will also make them more independent. Find your nearest pool offering baby and toddler swimming lessons and sign yourselves up for a term. I found baby swimming lessons really helped both Phoenix and I to relax. Phoenix was so chilled out after the lesson and slept like a dream, which meant more peace of mind for me.
Getting a good night's sleep may seem like an impossible task with a new baby in the mix but there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that you get some decent shut-eye. Avoid electronics before bedtime and engage in a calming and relaxing activity. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual for mum and baby. A relaxing routine activity like a bath or reading could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. Also, if possible try to stick to the same bedtime each night, your body will get used to its switch-off time.
Last but by no means least; don't forget your social life! Set aside even one night a month for mum and dad to have a date night or organise a night with the girls while dad is at home with the baby. It's very important to connect with your pre-baby self and take part in the things that you previously enjoyed.
With only 24 hours in the day, ask yourself, what's one thing you can do every day to take care of yourself? A happier mum means a happier baby. When mum is happy, baby will feel safer, calmer and happier as a result so everyone’s a winner.
Try Cadbury Dairy Milk with 30pc less sugar today. It’s the perfect treat for busy mums.