Every New Mother Needs a Time Out
I never took much time out for myself before my baby. I just worked as much as I could in hopes to create a strong foundation to support myself and those around me.
Now that my son has arrived, not only am I running a business, but raising him at the same time.
Raising a child is a full time gig in itself. I choose not to call it a job as it is a wonderful position to be in. How wonderful to be able to focus and spend this precious time with your baby during the strongest developmental stage of his/her life.
But do we take time for ourselves? Even 10 minutes, to be still? Not to take a nap, but just to be still, to be fully awake and aware of our body, our mind?
Not to be making lists in our minds or what needs to be done next? But just to sit or lie down and breathe. To be conscious of what our bodies are feeling. “Am I breathing fast?” “Does any part of my body feel discomfort from nursing, or carrying the baby?”
Take a moment. It’s just 10 minutes out of a 24 hour day or perhaps just 5 minutes, as that would be a start. Set a timer. But don’t fall asleep. Be with yourself. Honor yourself. When you begin to feel the affects, then possibly you will take a little more time.
Remember, this is not just for you, but for your child too. Enjoy it.
[tags]babies, child, development, still, breath[/tags]