Being a mom is a full-time job that never ends, and sometimes it can cause an overwhelming amount of stress too. Before your baby makes you go crazy take some time to find ways to de-stress and unwind; that is what I finally had to learn when I was near the breaking point in my own life. I have begun to incorporate activities into my day that make me feel better- calmer and more relaxed- while enjoying spending time with my precious baby.
1. Go for a walk around the block.
Nothing complicated; just take the baby for a walk in the stroller to enjoy some fresh air and a change of scenery. The light exercise can be rejuvenating and in the spring the air smells sweet with flower blooms. Plus, my baby absolutely loves being outside in any weather.
2. Take a relaxing bath with the baby.
This is so much fun for both of us and it’s a really precious bonding moment too. A warm bath always relaxes me, and my baby loves the water also. Just remember not to use any bath additives that might irritate baby, and you might need someone to help you get the baby in and out of the tub.
3. Veg out on the couch together.
I know it’s not good for babies to watch much television, but when you’re exhausted it can be a sanity saver. Sometimes at night my baby and I relax together watching TV with her sitting contentedly on my lap. She isn’t picky about what show we watch and I’m afraid she may become a TV addict if I am not careful.
4. Yoga with a baby is possible.
I have found ways to incorporate yoga while playing with my baby, and the poses relax and calm me while entertaining her. I spread out my yoga mat, lay her down on it in front of me, and do some easy poses/stretches as I watch her. She loves to watch me do sun salutations, cat/cow, downward dog, and cobra/plank poses. You might be able to find a mommy and baby yoga class or you can check out Yoga Journal for more information.
5. Read a book to your baby.
Reading is one of my favorite hobbies, especially when I want to unwind. My baby loves for me to read to her and she is not picky about what I read either. I can read her the new Mary Higgins Clark novel and she is perfectly content sitting in my lap or I can read her some fun, colorful children’s books which she loves also.
If all of these tips fail you and you think you are going to snap, then set the baby in her crib, go outside with a cup of tea, close your eyes and do some calming deep breathing exercises while sipping your tea (or coffee). There have been several times that I needed to just leave the baby and take a minute for myself, so don’t feel bad about doing it.