1) Go for daily walks
At the moment it isn’t possible for me to go on walks alone, so I take my baby with me in the sling. I make sure I get out and go every evening – even when I’m tired and would much rather sit and watch telly. Once I’m out, it really helps to de-stress me, relax, gives me time to breathe and enjoy my surroundings.
2) Plan social meetings
I love planning things with other parents, from coffee dates to soft play to baby groups. It’s so refreshing to meet up with other parents and know they are dealing with similar worries themselves. You can help each other. I know that once I’ve had a good chat with my friends, it makes me feel so much better.
3) Take advantage of your baby’s naps
As a parent, it’s so tempting to run around the house and get as much done as possible as soon as my child and baby are napping. Cleaning, washing, ironing, showering, picking up the toys… the list goes on! What I do is try and remember that those things will still be there tomorrow or the next day. I like to set aside time for a hot cup of tea or 15 minutes to read that book that’s been on the go for months. Once or twice a week, make sure to do something for YOU during that free time, whether it’s yoga, reading, binge watching a series or having a nap.