Here at Owlet, we know how easy it is for new parents to get caught up in the world of nappies, feeds and (lack of) sleep but we’re also huge advocates of self-care - taking a moment for yourself and prioritising me-time.
We’ve pulled together our top five tips to help you carve out some more me-time. Remember that self-care doesn’t have to be indulgent or time consuming - it’s about finding something that makes you feel good and brings you joy. So whether you have five minutes, half an hour or a full afternoon / evening, it’s time to prioritise your wellbeing as well as your baby’s.
- Spend time outdoors We know how hard it can be to leave the house but fresh air and a change of scenery can have a really positive impact on how you feel. Even if all you manage is a quick walk around the block by yourself or with your baby in tow, notice your surroundings, breathe deep and take a moment to relax.
- Enjoy some good, nutritious food This may sound like an obvious one, but when you’re a new parent it’s easy to grab whatever is quickest and easiest while feeding your little one. Be sure to fill your cupboards with healthy, delicious and filling snacks that will fuel you, and whenever possible, try and sit down for 10 minutes to enjoy a nutritious meal. It’ll make you feel so much more energised!
- Connect with other parents Parenthood can be quite a lonely time but connecting with and talking to people in similar situations can really brighten up your day and give you a fresh perspective on things. If you’re not feeling up to joining a parent group in your local town, there is a whole host of online parenting communities you can become a part of, to talk all things parenthood.
- Set an evening routine and enjoy it We know how important it is to establish a calming evening routine for your baby, but it’s also vital for you too. Once your baby is asleep, do whatever it is you prefer to do to unwind and relax. Put the kettle on, change into comfortable clothes, watch an episode of a great series, listen to your favourite album, run a bath, read a chapter of your book, or go for a run. Whatever it is, try and make it a regular routine, and enjoy it.
- Prioritise sleep and rest whenever possible We’re not talking about a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep (in our dreams!), we mean prioritising short bursts of rest whenever possible. Curl up under a cosy blanket and close the curtains. If your baby is napping, why not nap too?