As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate all the beautiful babies, strong mothers and loving families that made our year a little brighter.Every year we make a long list of resolutions to start off on the right foot and make changes to be the best we can be. If you spent your holidays welcoming a new baby or expecting one any day now, your resolutions might look a little different than they did last year.
Before you fill up a long list of things you’d like to change, consider how far you’ve come and ways to make you feel accomplished every day on this long road ahead.
Emotional HealthHaving a new baby can be stressful. Emotionally draining as well as physically, it’s important to take the opportunity to de-stress every chance you get. Take the opportunity to relax and recover each day, starting with some positive affirmations for the day ahead and winding down for bed while you’re thinking about all the tiny accomplishments you’ve made. Don’t get caught up in the little things and always reassure yourself that you’re doing the best you can when you start to feel overwhelmed.
Physical HealthOnce your baby arrives, your body has plenty of recovering to do. Nourish yourself from the inside out, choosing foods and meal plans that offer sustainable energy and the nutrients you need. If you’re breastfeeding, certain foods will encourage lactation and even boost your immune system. You might feel anxious to loose that baby weight, but don’t rush yourself. Take it slow when it’s time to start an exercise routine to avoid injuries and even walking around the park is a great place to start. Make some resolutions that help you incorporate healthier lifestyle choices each day and you’ll have all the energy you need to care for your new baby.
Self CareSelf care is one of the most important areas to focus on when you’re newly postpartum. As a mom you’ll always put your kids first, but it’s important to practice a little self love too. Every day you should incorporate some relaxation strategies and confidence boosters to help keep you feeling your best. It can be as easy as treating yourself to a cup of coffee in the morning and curling up to your favorite book or TV show before bed. Take some time putting yourself together, even if it’s a little extra makeup just to run errands. When you’re in touch with self care strategies, you’ll feel beautiful, confident, empowered and ready to take on anything.
No matter what you choose to incorporate into your resolutions for the New Year, remember to focus on what’s most important to you.You’ve come so far and accomplished so much to be proud of!
We wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to the beautiful babies that 2017 will bring.
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