The Holidays can be a joyous time, filled with the company of family and friends, delicious meals and festive celebrations, but it can also be stressful, emotionally and physically - especially as a new mom.
Wondering how to cope? I wondered too which is why I turned to Lisa Madden, RN and mother of multiples, for some time tested advice and strategies on how to handle holiday stress and minimize emotional overload.
1. Cash in those verbal gift certificates - That's right ... since everybody wants to see your baby, accept the help from family and friends and spend some time shopping mid-week - when the stores and lines are less crowded - or spend an evening with Dad to enjoy a little conversation and strategize the holiday logistic list. Me? I hope to cash in on one of those certificates and take a nap :)
2. Consider hosting the holidays at home - While it might sound crazy, many new mothers find it's easier to cook and clean rather than to travel with a newborn - even if it's just a simple car ride. Staying at home allows you to feel more comfortable and in control if baby is not happy or needs something familiar like his own bed or another clean outfit. And besides, with the array of gourmet shops and restaurants offering complete family dinners, there really is no need to cook - unless you're still showcasing your bridal shower presents!
3. $30.00 = Three days - With a newborn baby attached to your hip ... or elsewhere ... who has time to do their hair? Consider getting your hair blown out so you can focus on getting baby ready, not your hair, for up to three days. If you're like me, a mani-pedi can be all the mind, body, spirit you need to get you through the holiday crunch. We new moms may still be exhausted, but we'll look fabulous!
4. Don't cancel that workout - As tempting as it may be, gym time is exactly what you need right now. Exercise has been proven to raise endorphin levels helping you not only relieve stress but acquire the energy you need to get through the day ... and sometimes nights! Join one of the many exercise classes geared towards new mothers and make a friend or two just by sharing parenting tips like these.
5. Keep the colds and flu (get that flu shot, new mom!) at bay - Yes, it's that season too and, though everyone wants to hold and touch a new baby, remind those you love that kissing babies feet and the top of the head rather than babies hands and face, will help everyone enjoy a healthier holiday season.