Written by Dr Suzanne Henwood & Anwen Robinson
Little prepares us for life as a new mum. In fact, it is possibly the most challenging life experience. After the physically taxing event of giving birth, new mums often wonder how to bounce-back after childbirth. But there is advice and support available to enable you to bounce-back after giving birth and enjoy all that lies ahead. One thing that is essential, is to focus on you, your health and wellbeing so that you can care for your little ones.
A recent survey carried out by CareerMum showed that 83% of mums of pre-schoolers struggle to make time for their own health and wellbeing and 69% don’t feel they have enough time to themselves. Yet we know that we are at our best and more likely to cope with challenges when we are looking after ourselves and feeling good. So how can you start to draw energy back towards yourself, recharge and bounce-back to your pre-childbirth self?
Here are five simple steps – ‘The Five M’s’, that you can implement today to bounce-back after giving birth. Start recharging yourself and create habits that will serve you well for the coming years.
1. Re-frame your Mindset
Motherhood can be tough and it’s normal to feel unsure, overwhelmed and alone at times. Re-framing your mindset to accept this phase as one of the most physically and mentally demanding, is crucial to helping your own wellbeing.
That new mum, who’s life appears to be immaculately perfect, doesn’t exist. It is a mirage that we unfairly benchmark ourselves against and allow others to benchmark us against it. So, cut yourself some slack, scale back your expectations, simplify your day and give yourself praise.
Tell yourself, ‘I am doing my best’; ‘I am doing a good job’.
2. Make ‘Me-time’ non-negotiable