6 Ways To Get the Spring Back In Your StepNaomi Odes
Spring is coming! New Moms, time to come out of hiding! We all know that getting a shower and a nap help you to feel like a human being again in those early days of motherhood. Sometimes, you need a little more of a pick-me-up to help you get through a day in mamaland. Here are 6 tricks to make you feel just a little bit cuter, a little bit springier, a little bit more country/rock-n-roll than usual.
#1. Get a haircut. (A good one.)- Everything looks different under a good head of hair. Your clothes look better, you feel lighter, and suddenly your outlook is a bit brighter.
#2. Listen to some great music- Just when you feel like you’re at your wit’s end with a baby that won’t nap or let you put him down, you turn on your favorite tunes and have a baby dance party. Need more incentive? The blood runs through your veins, you get a little adrenaline going, and you get to sing!! Who could ask for anything more? Suddenly the day seems a little easier.
#3. Get some exercise- Strap that kid onto your back or front, or pop him/her in the stroller and take a walk. It’s March, get out and see stuff!! Crocuses are a-bloomin,’ Life is good! For my friends in Vermont, don’t worry, June is just around the corner.
#4. Arrange to meet up with a friend (with or without a baby)- Having an adult conversation at least once a week is key for me to survive this thing called parenting. Making plans also gives me something to look forward to in a never-ending world of nap-feed-play-change-repeat. Better yet, combine #3 and #4 for a walking date! If you walk your baby in the stroller, your chances for having a longer conversation improve greatly!
#5. Find ten minutes a day to do something you love, but don’t really allow yourself the time to do anymore. Read a magazine. Practice an instrument. Draw. Read a favorite blog. Do some yoga. Meditate. Garden. You may not get much of it done, but a little a day can add up, and hopefully at some point, you can give that activity more of your attention. Meanwhile, you won’t be completely giving it up.
#6. Buy a bunch of daffodils at the market. Put them in a pretty vase in the sunniest room in your house. Nothing like those perky yellow and white flowers to make you feel that things are looking up!
What are your tips for a Spring Renewal?