Healthy lifestyle tips for new parents
Top tips to help you feel better every day
1. Spend at least one hour a day outdoors
Being indoors all day lowers serotonin levels. It is important to get out and about. Stop to smell the roses and enjoy a sunset regularly, it greatly improves your quality of life! Breathe deeply and breathe fresh air. Even 5 minutes can make a difference.
2. Keep your diet balanced
Good nutrition starts with eating a balanced diet and as many kinds of foods daily as you can. When you eat, slow down, enjoy your food and chew it well. Naturopaths suggest choosing a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and to not overcook them. Also try to eat fish at least twice a week especially salmon or tuna. Good nutrition also means less saturated fat – limit sauces, gravies and margarine and remove or trim excess fat from animal products. Reduce caffeine and alcohol, but increase the amount of water you drink. Aim to have at least 2 litres daily and try to use a water filter.
3. Practice relaxation
This can be in the form of gardening, meditation, tai chi, or reading a good novel – whatever you enjoy doing. It’s important to take time out. Sitting in front of the TV and reading a magazine at the same time is not relaxation, yoga or meditation or sitting in a quiet room with some relaxation music – is! Time out is vital to restore your energies and bring balance into your life. When you relax, try and really relax.
4. Create your own Spa bath
Invest in lavender oil or a particular natural essence which appeals to your sense of smell and pop a few drops into your bath at least once a week (more often if possible). Light a few candles, turn out the lights and just relax. You may or may not want to take some form of music into the bathroom with relaxation music to help remove your brain from a busy day.
5. Enjoy a regular massage
Regular massage can help to keep your muscles and joints supple, to reduce tension and help eliminate toxins. Aim to have a massage each month if you can. If your finances don’t allow for a monthly massage contact a local school teaching massage. These schools need people to practise on and provide the service for a nominal fee. Students working on you are at the very end of their tuition and know what they are doing.
6. A facial, eyelash tint, manicure, pedicure
Perhaps you can’t manage or afford them all but book at least one to fit into a week or month when you need to pamper yourself. Finances stretched? Check with local beauty schools, students need you and you need them to pamper you!
7. Spoil yourself every now and then
Whether it is a weekend away or a couple of hours having beauty treatments choose something that will make you feel really good. Plan for it and let yourself enjoy!
8. Develop strong coping mechanisms
Find a balance by doing things that you enjoy, away from the environment that causes you stress. This activity will be different for each person, but for example play some golf, go fishing, or perhaps enjoy a massage.
9. Do some regular exercise
Exercise gives you a natural sense of well being, and prevents you becoming tired and exhausted too easily from increases in adrenaline levels, so it is important to make physical activity habitual. If you find this difficult, find an activity that you really enjoy doing, and this will be much easier. This may mean that you need to try a few different things before you find what you like.
If you do have limited time, make sure to make this exercise most efficient by doing this at the most optimal time – before breakfast.
10. Incorporate stretching into your daily routine
Many people have stiff and rigid muscles, but it only takes a few days to loosen up and enjoy stretching sessions.
Stretching should be done regularly and is easy to do: first thing in the morning when you get out of bed, after sitting or standing for long periods of time, for example driving, on a plane, sitting at a desk and after exercise when muscles are really warm.
11. Start each day with a healthy breakfast
At least 5 days out of 7, make sure you have a substantial, healthy breakfast. The benefits of a healthy breakfast are well documented, particularly one that is low in fat, high in fibre, and has a low glycemic index.
12. Give yourself a break at dinner time!
Make sure a couple of meals each week do not require Jamie Oliver type dedication and skill. Purchase a BBQ chicken or even a pizza and make a salad. The adults and kids will not suffer long term nutrition deficiencies – if you decide to take a couple of nights off from toiling in the kitchen.
These tips for new mothers have been provided by motherInc.com.au.
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