Written by Claire, Sweet Beginnings BabyCare
A lot of us are guilty for not prioritising our own sleep and our well-being as a whole. When we become new parents, we tend to prioritise our baby’s needs, which of course we need to do as they are heavily reliant on us to meet their needs. However, in order for us to care for our baby’s needs we do need to look after ourselves too, even more so with the lack of sleep.
Here are a few tips to help you cope with sleep deprivation:
1, Sleep when baby sleeps, yes, I know this may not always be possible and especially when you have other children. However, try to rest whilst you can, day and night times may be a bit upside down for those first few weeks so prioritise rest and sleep when you can.
2, Rest your mind, it’s so easy to overthink things and especially when we are tired and not thinking clearly. Try relaxing the mind with some mediation or relaxing music. The headspace app has some great ones or practice mindful breathing.
3, Priorities, there are some things that certainly can wait and will not need your immediate attention. Don’t feel guilty for relaxing on the sofa with baby in your arms.
4, Ask for help, Share the load and try not to fit within being the perfect mum, wife, partner and having the perfect house as perfection doesn’t exist.
5, Preparation, having everything to hand can make life so much easier. Ensure you have a changing bag or basket both upstairs and downstairs, fill it with all the essentials, nappies, wipes, baby’s change of clothes, muslins, etc so that it saves you running up and down the stairs this can be a lifesaver in those early weeks.
6, Journal, before you go to bed write down five things that went right today, these can be the simplest of wins such as I washed my hair today or I drank a whole cup of tea. Then write down 5 things your baby or child did today that made you smile. Then 5 things that you are grateful for.
7, Implement a good bedtime routine for yourself, we often set great routines up for our children but forget about ourselves. We often go to bed far later than we should, so go to bed early and leave the phones and technology downstairs.
8, Get outside, fresh air is a great way to boost the endorphins and it helps to naturally calm us. Fresh air helps us sleep better overall too, plus surrounding ourselves in nature is great for the mind.
9, Find your mummy tribe, find those friends that are there for you to hold you, to listen to you, to share the highs and lows of parenting with.
10, Lastly always remember that this wont last forever, sleep will get better
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