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Childbirth is a major event that can be life-changing for many women. Unfortunately, mothers often become too occupied with their infants and responsibilities that somewhere along the line, they begin to feel less and less like themselves.
Now, if you believe that’s the case with you, here are a few tips to help you feel more like yourself.
Have Friends and Family Over
Most people will tell you that having a baby changes things. You can no longer go out, do things you enjoy, or spend as much time with your family and friends as you used to. And, while it’s understandable to want to put your friends and family on the back burner once the little one arrives, doing so may actually contribute to you not feeling like yourself.
Thus, it is important to make an effort to reclaim that part of your life after confinement. You could call up your family and friends, catch up with them, and even make plans to see them by inviting them over if it’s feasible and safe.
Believe us when we say that a good chat or meet with your family and friends may just be what you need to feel more like yourself.
Talk About Your Feelings
One of the best ways to feel better, if not more like yourself, is to simply let it all out to those you love. Though we know that is easier said than done.
Talking about your feelings can be awkward, even difficult at times, especially if you feel like you’d be burdening others with your emotions. But keep in mind that those who care about you will never see your “sharing” as a burden. If anything, they’d be glad to hear and help you out!
So, mommies, don’t shy away from talking to your husband, family, or even close friends. Alternatively, if you’d like to talk to other mothers who have or are going through the same thing as you, you can look for relative support groups online.
NOTE: If you’re experiencing prolonged or intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, or mood swings, it is best to consult a professional, as these symptoms may be signs of postpartum depression.
Take Long and Relaxing Baths
Did you know that taking long, relaxing baths every now and then has been scientifically proven to improve one’s mood? In a 2018 Japanese study, bathing was found to promote sleep and rest, reduce stress, increase subjective happiness, and improve the overall health of all those who participated in the study.
So go ahead and fix yourself a nice, warm bath and just soak away, mommies. You’d be surprised how something as simple and refreshing as a bath can make you feel so much lighter and more like yourself.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
It’s safe to say that almost all of us were taught from a young age that eating well helps us look and feel our physical best. But what most of us weren’t told is that a good diet can also help with our mental wellbeing.
Research has shown that there is, in fact, a link between our diet and mental health, albeit a complex one. Certain foods are said to have a positive effect on our mood, while others are said to have the opposite effect.
Foods that are known to improve one’s mood and wellbeing include:
a. Complex carbohydrates
→ Examples: Whole-wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, millet, and sweet potatoes
b. Lean proteins
→ Examples: Chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, and lentils
→ Examples: Red dates, oats, barley, fruits, and vegetables
d. Fatty acids
→ Examples: Salmon, avocados, flax seeds, chia seeds, and nuts
As for foods that can have a negative impact on your mood, processed foods and sugary snacks are the top two, which is ironic because they’re also the top two foods people eat when they’re upset.
So, mommies, remember to stick to a proper diet plan even after your confinement, as it is undeniably one of the best ways to set yourself up for a happier and healthier outlook.
How to Maintain a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthier diet may be easier said than done, especially for new mothers who have a lot on their plates. And we, more than anyone, know that prepping healthy meals day after day may be the last thing on your to-do list, which is why we’re here to help!
Placing a great emphasis on a new mother’s postpartum health and wellbeing, ReLacto offers over 100 unique lactation and recovery dishes. All our dietitian-guided meals are well-balanced, MSG-free, and breastfeeding-friendly as they incorporate some of the best lactation boosting foods.
So save yourself the trouble, mommies, and simply let us help you stay nourished and happy throughout your journey of motherhood!
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