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5 Tips for Preventing Exhaustion: What every new mother must know

Taking care of a new baby on your own can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. You feel lethargic and moody from not getting a full night's sleep. With your baby's demands for regular feeding and soothing, you worry that there's just no way for you to recover from feeling tired constantly. Be assured that what you are going through is not an isolated experience as mothers before you can attest to similar feelings of exhaustion. As an experienced mother, I found some effective ways to combat fatigue and exhaustion on my own and with the help of other moms.

Here are some tips you may want to try:

Tip 1: Simplify your life. With so many things to do everyday and only twenty-four (24) hours within which to accomplish them, the best way to manage your time and energy is to limit and prioritize tasks. A short list of things to do is easy to accomplish. Completing small tasks daily will also give you a sense of satisfaction.

Tip 2: Sleep whenever you can. If your baby kept you awake at night, he or she is bound to be asleep during the day. Grab that chance to catch up on some lost hours of sleep also. By the time your baby wakes up, you will have recharged yourself for another round of feeding, cleaning and cuddling the baby. Try not to worry about keeping house at this time. You are better off using your valuable energy for taking care of yourself and your baby right now.

Tip 3: Make time for yourself. You are not being selfish when you take care of yourself. Bear in mind that you can't take care of your baby if you are not feeling well. Don't feel guilty about taking a short bubble bath, reading some pages of a book, or catching up with a close friend on the phone. Pick out small activities that take no more than an hour for you to do and squeeze one activity in at least once a day. Short breaks and moments of alone time are necessary for you to de-stress.

Tip 4: Join a support group. You are not alone in your battle against exhaustion. Most new mothers struggle with it, too. The local YMCA is where you will most likely find new mothers like yourself. The Internet is also a valuable tool for finding discussion groups composed of new mothers. Being surrounded by new mothers and hearing the same experiences from them can be reassuring. While you exchange ideas with one another, you may also learn valuable tips that you can use at home.

Tip 5: Nourish your body. New mothers take time to heal from childbirth. The constant stress that your body experiences from infant care does not only lead to exhaustion but may also be dangerous to your health. Foods that are loaded with vitamins and minerals, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, promote healing, boost energy levels and increase your body's resistance against stress.

Indeed, a new mother is prone to suffer from exhaustion. Inasmuch as feeling exhausted is a sign that your body is doing too much, you can fight it by taking care of yourself and turning to others for support. It's what every mother must do to keep herself healthy, physically and emotionally.

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