As a new parent, it can be difficult to find time for yourself. In the midst of never-ending diaper changes, sleepless nights, and constant feedings, the notion of self quickly fades. This loss of identity and control can lead to depression, anxiety, and anger.
The common advice to “make time for yourself” is too vague to be actionable with a sleep-deprived brain. So here’s something more tangible: take 10-15 minutes every morning to brush your hair, wash your face, put on moisturizer and maybe even a little make-up. This short beauty routine can be powerful in establishing a sense of normalcy, regaining some control of the day, and reconnecting with the person you were before becoming a mom.
The trick is to do something around the same time of day that’s unconnected to your role as a mother and helps you feel like you. If skincare isn’t your thing, maybe a short exercise video (here are some great postpartum-friendly workouts), 10 minutes of uninterrupted reading, a solo coffee run, or listening to your favorite music better suits you.
It’s the small, daily routines that help us get through the hardest postpartum struggles.
Full article (via Well & Good)