The first few weeks after delivering your newborn are filled with nonstop changes. From your non-existent sleep schedule to the endless feeds, nappy changes and cleaning, navigating those early days of parenthood can be difficult.
The thought of going out of the house might seem like a foreign concept, and not to mention daunting, but getting out and about is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby.
What are the benefits of getting out of the house?
If you’re cooped up inside for too long, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of it. Changing out of your PJs sometimes is the biggest task of the day and taking a shower by yourself is also an unknown concept for the first few weeks.
However, forcing yourself to set aside some activities outside of the house can help with:
- Improve short term memory
- Stress relief
- Boost your energy – help with that fatigue you’re feeling
- Combat anxious or depressive feelings
- Breaking up the day – the monotony of household chores and tasks
- Bonding with your little one
- Vitamin D – sunshine is good for the soul
How to motivate yourself to get out the door…
It’s beyond easy to feel you are too busy or tired to leave your house. Your little one will take up every waking minute of your life at first, so finding time to leave the house might seem impossible. Even though it might not seem feasible, making the effort to take even just a 30-minute walk outside will boost your mood, energy, and positivity.
Here are some tips to help get you started:
- Carve out 20-30 minutes each day to go for a stroll around your neighbourhood. By establishing a moment every day, you will make it a habit and part of your routine. Start small even if it’s just once around the block and build up as you feel comfortable.
- Ask your friends for some help. If you’re feeling like you’re in a serious rut, have your friends make it their mission to get you out every other day or when they are able to. Your friends will want to help you and they’ll also get some extra time with your cute little one. Win-win!
- Have your partner take over for a bit. Sharing the load is essential when caring for your demanding newborn. If they know how important some outside time is for you, they can care for your child while you get in your quick outside stroll.
Making time outside a priority will not only benefit your health and wellbeing but also your baby’s too.