It’s important to take time to take care of yourself—whether you have just five minutes, 15, or a whole half hour—and nourish your body and mind. Here are my top self-care tips for new mums.
Instead, it’s important to take time to take care of yourself—whether you have just five minutes, 15, or a whole half hour—and nourish your body and mind.
Even with limited time, new mums need me time.
Because looking after yourself is part of looking after your family.
On that note, below are some ideas on how to incorporate self-care into your day, no matter how much time you have.
In this article: 📝
- Why do mums need self-care?
- 5-minute self-care for mums
- 15-minute self-care for mums
- 30-minute self-care for mums
- What’s the best self-care for mums?
Why do mums need self-care?
Self-care as a mum ‒ particularly as a new mum ‒ is fundamental.
It’s important for both the postpartum recovery process and to give you the energy you need to look after baby.
Remember, it’s not selfish, it’s self-care.
5-minute self-care for mums
Short on time?
You can still do these relaxing and mindful self-care activities:
1. Make a cup of herbal tea
New mamas don’t often have a lot of time to take care of themselves, which is why making a simple cup of herbal tea is a favorite when you are short on time.
If you are short on time, you can even just microwave a mug of water and add a couple of ice cubes after steeping to cool it down to a drinkable level.
Then, sip and enjoy.
2. Do a 4-7-8 breathing exercise
Relaxing can be really difficult when you are a new mum and stressed about all things baby.
You can google specifics or even watch a video on how to practice this breathing technique but the basics are very simple: breathe in for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, and breathe out for eight.
That’s it! Easy.
3. Write in a one-line-a-day journal
If you want to remember all of the joys (and hardships) of new parenting, but find yourself with a distinct lack of time for recording memories, try spending your five minutes on a one-line-a-day journal.
Not only will this provide you with memories to look back on years from now but journaling has also been proven to be good for your mental health, since it can help manage anxiety, reduce stress, and help you cope with depression.
15-minute self-care for mums
Have a little more time to spare?
Here are some slightly longer things you can try for self-care as a new mum:
4. Do a quick yoga routine
Many of us assume that doing yoga takes a lot of time.
Remembering all of those hour-and-a-half intensive yoga classes you were able to take way back when may put you off of trying yoga postpartum, but you don’t need to do a lengthy routine in order to get the benefits of a yoga practice.
When you have 15 minutes of spare time, practice just a few yoga poses that help you stretch, relax, or improve your energy and mood.
5. Call a friend just to check in
As new parents, we can often forget that there’s a world outside of the amazing babies we have.
But true self-care means taking care of not just our physical or mental needs but also our social needs.
So when you have 15 minutes to spare, call that friend you haven’t talked to in a while. If they don’t pick up (hey, they might be busy too!), that’s okay.
Call the next friend on your list.
Even if you end up catching up for only a few minutes, it may just be the few minutes you needed to nourish yourself that day.
6. Play with some beauty products
Sometimes, we just need to be a little bit silly with our self-care.
For a long time, self-care has been associated with bubble baths and beauty products.
Now we recognise that we need more than that to take care of ourselves.
However, there is still room in our lives for baths and beauty.
Whatever your favorite beauty product is, take 15 minutes to indulge.
Whether that’s a face mask, a carefully applied cat eye, or a bright red lip, playing with products might just help you begin to feel like your old self again.
30-minute self-care for mums
Now for some even longer self-care for mums activities.
If any of these sound like a must, but you’re short on time, check in with your support network to see if someone can look after baby, even for just 30 minutes.
7. Listen to a podcast episode
If you have a whole half an hour, then you have enough time to listen to an episode of your favorite podcast that you haven’t had time for ever since becoming a new parent.
There are no rules here: it could be a soothing podcast, one that covers the latest news, something dedicated to self-care, or anything else that you fancy.
The point is to just relax, lay in your favorite spot on the couch, and just listen in peace.
8. Get a little bit creative
Whenever you have a nice chunk of time, such as 30 minutes, why not let your creativity thrive?
This might look like putting together a photo album to share with distant family and friends, doodling (which can relieve stress and help you focus), a little bit of painting, playing a musical instrument if you have one, or anything else that is creatively fulfilling.
Even baking can be a great way to spend your half an hour of self-care.
9. Read a book that will make you feel good
Reading a book can be a great way to connect with yourself, but it can also be stressful if the type of book you’re reading is not exactly what you need in the morning.
Sometimes, it feels like any “off time” should be spent reading parenting advice books or reading about what’s going on in the world.
But you know what?
Sometimes it’s okay to dig into a book that is just for pleasure.
Maybe for you, that’s a cosy mystery.
Maybe it’s a YA novel.
Maybe it’s something else.
Whatever it is, enjoy it guilt-free.
What’s the best self-care for mums?
For me, there’s no question about the best form of self-care for new mums.
It’s no surprise that the top of my list is…
10. Go to bed early
It’s difficult to get good sleep when you have a newborn but, eventually, your baby should settle into a better routine.
If you’re really lucky, eventually your little one will be sleeping 10-12 hours a night.
This is a great time to take advantage of your baby’s good sleep habits and take care of yourself by going to bed early.
In case you didn’t know, sleep is your superpower.
Better sleep has more scientific benefits than we can really list here, so trust us on this one.
If you can, go to bed early!
You can scroll endlessly on your phone or binge-watch your favorite show another day.
For now, focus on getting better sleep.
It’s truly the best self-care you can give yourself as a new parent.
There you have it ‒ my top 10 activities for self-care for mums.
What are your favorite forms of self-care as a new mum?
Share your best self-care activities with the other mums and new mums on Peanut!