5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence After Pregnancy
It's natural to feel a little down after you've had a baby. Your body has been through a lot, and you're dealing with a whole new set of challenges. But there are things you can do to boost your confidence.
Here are five tips:
1. Get Moving
Instead of worrying about how to get rid of back fat or tighten your tummy, focus on feeling better. Exercise is wonderful for your mood and will help your body heal when done carefully. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting properties. A post-natal yoga class or a walk around the block can make a big difference.
Remember, you've just had a baby. Be kind to yourself and your body. Start slow with the exercise and only increase if you and your doctor feel like your body is ready. Exercise is about feeling good, not about obtaining a magazine cover body.
Not only can you begin feeling better with the healthy endorphins released during your workout, but you may find a great way to enjoy your me-time. Listen to an audiobook or music on your walks. Find time to enjoy nature or stop at a familiar cafe after your workout. You may find more of your old self.
2. Make Time for Yourself
When you're constantly taking care of someone else, it's easy to forget about your own needs. After all, your new little one requires a lot of attention. Although it's true your small baby needs you and a lot of your time, that doesn't mean you should neglect your mental health and well-being.
Schedule some "me time" into your day, even if it's just for 15 minutes. Read a book, take a bath, or just put your feet up. Relax and recharge, so you can be the best mom you can be. You will be surprised how little recharges throughout the day can boost your mood and overall health.
3. Buy Yourself a New Outfit
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, your body is probably not the same as it was pre-baby. But that doesn't mean you can't look and feel great. Get rid of anything that's tight, uncomfortable, or doesn't make you feel good about yourself. You shouldn't feel bad about your new shape.
Even if you are working toward getting closer to your pre-baby weight, you should still treat yourself to a new outfit or two that fits you perfectly as you are. You should feel great in every stage of your life, and that means appreciating your shape, no matter what size. You deserve it.
4. Connect with Other Moms
It can be isolating being at home with a baby all day. Make an attempt to connect with other moms, whether in person or online. You can find support and friendship—and realize that you're not alone in this.
Knowing that other moms are going through the same things can be incredibly reassuring. You might even make some lifelong friends. So take a deep breath and take that first step into connecting with other moms. You'll be glad you did.
5. Get Professional Help if You Need It
If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, don't hesitate to get professional help. There are times when they need a helping hand to overcome some stress and anxiety. These issues are common after pregnancy, and there's no shame in seeking help. A therapist can provide support and guidance as you navigate this new phase of your life.
If you aren't sure what you're feeling is worth visiting the doctor for, talk to friends and family around you and ask if they've noticed a significant change. You should still be able to find joy and look forward to things throughout your day. If you're finding yourself dreading life, feeling exhausted, and not having the energy to do what needs to be done, seek help. Many women go through depression after birth, and there is no shame in getting the help you need to feel your best.
Pregnancy and early motherhood can be tough, but it's also an amazing time full of love and joy. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to adjust. With a little care and attention, you'll be feeling like your old self again in no time.