As you probably know by now, having a baby does quite the number on your body and the after-effects are long-lasting. Having your beautiful bundle of joy and still feeling flat as a pancake is completely normal and you should never feel guilty about needing to take some time out for yourself. The emotional, mental, and physical rollercoaster of pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing is not for the faint-hearted. If you find yourself receding into your shell after having a baby then try one (or all, if you have the time) of these great tips for making you feel good about yourself again. Contrary to what you might think, you certainly deserve it!
After the hormone rush has settled down, you may find that your skin isn’t quite as lovely as it was before you had kids. That is normal and it will settle down with time. You can speed things along by developing a healthy skincare regiment to follow. Most skin care routines only need 3 basic steps; cleansing, toning, and moisturizing but if you find yourself with a little extra time then you can add a face mask step a few times a week. Remember to check the labels on the bottles before you hand over your money, some of the most well-known skincare products are filled will mostly useless ingredients.
Self-care comes in many different forms, from taking a few hours to read your favorite book right the way through to learning to just say no – do what works for you. You should never feel guilty for needing to take time out of your hectic schedule to make sure that you are taking care of yourself – trust me, you’ll be a better mother because of it.
Being a mom normally means that you either don’t have the time to eat a balanced diet, or you may find yourself snacking more than you should. This isn’t usually an issue, particularly if you’re still breastfeeding because the weight just falls off. Once that stops though, unless your eating habits are healthier, you will notice that you’re picking up weight. There are so many different diets and eating plans out there for you to try that it won’t take long for you to find one that works for you.
Accessories are a quick and simple way to give you a healthy ego boost. Jewelry, belts, hats, and perfume are some of the best items to choose to do just that. Keep up with the latest and greatest trends by implementing at least one accessory into each of your outfits, once you are comfortable doing that then you can add more. Find your favorite pair of earrings or a designer bottle of perfume and then let them work their magic.
For a long-lasting boost of confidence, mommy makeovers Utah are the way to go. These procedures are all perfectly tailored to mommy’s that need a little extra help with getting their bodies back to what they used to be. These types of procedures are all done with a recovery time of around 3 weeks and don’t worry about anything, they are made with you in mind and it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Swimming is an excellent activity for your mind, body, and soul. Set a little time aside every day to take a dive or a dip, it is one of the best forms of exercise and it helps to silence the craziness of your world. If the colder weather is a concern then join a local gym that has a heated indoor pool, that way you won’t be giving it up every winter. If you are one of the lucky ones who live near the ocean then even better! Being in the ocean is universally grounding and one of the most serene experiences you could ever hope to have.
I know that putting on a face of make-up may seem like a waste of time when your only company for the majority of the day is the mini version of yourself that you created. Don’t let that kind of negative thinking get to you, feeling beautiful is a confidence booster of note. Some mothers may judge you for this but you need to all support each other so consider throwing a make-up party on a Saturday afternoon – your husbands are perfectly capable of looking after the kids for a few hours.
There is an old saying about a haircut being as good as a holiday and I am a firm believer in this. After months of spit-up, sweat, and tears, a haircut is an absolute Godsend. The best advice is to choose a style that is easy to maintain, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to carve out an hour just to do your hair every morning. There are so many gorgeous styles to choose from that you’ll find one that makes you feel brand new in no time.
Too often mothers neglect themselves for the sake of raising their children. The truth is that there are ways to have it all; you just need to be less hard on yourself. Some mothers fall into a vicious cycle of convincing themselves that they need to spend every ounce of energy raising their babies. Take a day off and head to the mall, or spend a few hours browsing the internet for some confidence-boosting outfits. Resist the urge to head straight to the maternity or nursing sections, you were a woman before you became a mother and you should find a way to celebrate your femininity again.
Exercise is not only great for staying in shape physically, but it is also an effective way to manage your stress levels. You only need 20 or 30 minutes a day to dedicate to your fitness routine. Keep things fresh by changing them up from time to time – Pilates, yoga, and walking are fantastic ways to stay in shape after having a baby.