When you first become a parent it is hard to describe how much your life alters.
You are suddenly no longer the priority, your baby is your everything and all that you do, you do for them.
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This sudden transition to selflessness seems to happen over night and we all adjust to it.
The problem can then be pulling back a little, taking some time for ourselves. We get used to having no time, putting our needs last.
This is why today I am sharing a few tips with you on how to reclaim time for yourself after baby arrives.
Acknowledge that you need the time
This is all-important. You want to spend time with your baby and you feel that you should always be there.
This is completely natural, but you need to also acknowledge that you need time to yourself too mumma. This is not selfish, this is simply necessary.
Everybody needs a little time out from time to time. Parenting a baby can be all consuming and utterly exhausting, both physically and mentally.
You do need time to recharge, time to be you and not ‘mum’ from time to time. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that you need to do this. It will be good for you and your baby.
This is likely to be a necessity anyway if you are to arrange babysitting in plenty of time.
Get those diaries out and make sure that everyone is clear on the date and time so that you are not let down at the last minute.
You should then plan what you will want to be doing with your free time. By making a plan around something that you either need to do or want to do you are more likely to stick to it.
Make the relevant appointments
When you do get a little time to yourself, it is worth prioritising making those relevant appointments first. These can be difficult to fit in at the last minute, so you will need to coordinate diaries to ensure cover.
Perhaps you have been meaning to fix a chipped tooth or get your hair cut and coloured. It will be these types of things that you did not used to think twice about fitting into your days that can now seem like a military operation to arrange.
Book them in with plenty of time to spare and then work the rest of your free time around them.
Make it count
If you have got some time to yourself, then make it count. This does not mean that you have to run around trying to cram in a dozen different things into an afternoon, as you will then return more frazzled than you were before.
Make it count by doing things that matter. Go for things that give your mental health a boost and make you feel good.
By doing this you will return from a few hours away feeling refreshed and happy and up to all of the challenges that parenting throws at you on a daily basis.
As a mother of 4, I cannot stress enough that you need to have some down time AND some ‘Me’ time. This does NOT make you a bad mother, if anything it makes you a better mother, it gives you a chance to miss your child & return to them happy to see them & refreshed.
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