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Five Power Tips For Overcoming Exhaustion as a New Mom

Mar 2, 2008
Congratulations on becoming a mom! There are many joys that you have to look forward to in the moments, days and years to come. Right now you may feel like if you could just get a nap or a shower you might feel a little more excited about life. Today we are going to give you five of the best tips there are to help you overcome exhaustion.

To start, you need to be realistic with yourself. I say this as a mom, who has been there. You don't want to let anyone down and you strive to meet the needs of everyone around you often sacrificing of your own needs. Even a couple of years out of being a new mom I still struggle with making sure that I take care of my needs. But here are five fabulous tips that are sure to help you; I know that they helped me,

Tip One:
Pace yourself. It can not be denied that we live in an incredible fast paced world, where even one hour photo is too long. Guess what, babies don't move at that pace, and new parent shouldn't either. It is okay to move on your new baby's time.

Focus on just getting just one thing done at a time and don't keep massive lists of things to do. The clear priorities as a new mom are just you and your baby.

Tip Two:
Sleep every chance you get. I lived by the philosophy to sleep whenever my baby slept I would sleep. Enjoy naps and take advantage of them whenever you can.

Don't worry what still needs to get done, rest is not a waste or time, it is essential to your livelihood. New moms often see their baby's sleep time as a chance to catch up on household chores. Let the house slide a little. Focus on only top priorities.

Tip Three:
Take care of yourself. I know that may seem impossible, but you are putting out so much energy that taking 20 to 30 minutes each day to recharge yourself is vital. If you don't make an effort to have that time, no one else is going to make sure that you have it.

Read a few pages of your favorite book, pick up the phone and call a friend, take bubble bath, sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. Make a list of two to three things that you can do in 30 to 60 minutes and think of them as critical to your mental and emotional health.

Tips Four:
Make friend with other new moms. There are usually social groups at the local YMCA for babies and new moms. This will allow you time to make connections with others that are going through the same things you are and perhaps build relationships where you can take turns caring for each others' baby long enough for you to rest.

The simple act of connecting with other mom and knowing that you are not alone in your exhaustion is often enough to make a new mom feel a little better. Connecting with other new moms will also provide a fountain of different ideas and sometimes be a great source of resources.

Tip Five:
Eat well. Eating lots of processed foods or foods high in fats and sugars can often make a new mom feel more tired because of the added strain on the system and organs. The best way to support the body during times when it is under stress and strain is by filling it with high quality fuel.

Try to eat as much fresh produce as possible and stick with natural fats (e.g. avocados, nuts) and sugars (e.g. fruit). If you really need to splash out and eat something naughty, don't beat yourself up about it. Just resolve not to make it a habit.

When you simply ignore exhaustion, then this can have a massive impact on your overall health and wellbeing for years to come. Manage your exhaustion and don't allow it to reach dangerous levels. Looking after yourself and keeping your expectations realistic, will definitely help you on the road to recovery.
About the Author
Salena Kulkarni is the creator of the 'Secrets of Extraordinary New Moms' program, which helps new moms feel energized, get back in shape, eliminate emotional overwhelm, and experience fulfillment in 30 days or less! Visit http://www.newmommymentor.com/thrive now for more information.
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