Being a new mom is an amazing experience, but it can also be overwhelming and exhausting. Taking care of a newborn can be time-consuming, and it can be challenging to find time for yourself. However, self-care is essential to maintain your physical and mental health.
Outdoor activities are a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and clear your mind. In this article, we’ll share five outdoor activities new moms can do for some self-care with kids in tow.
- Hiking is a great outdoor activity that moms can do with the littles. You can choose a trail that’s suitable for your fitness level and the children. Hiking provides an opportunity to exercise, get some fresh air, and connect with nature. It can also be a great way to bond with your children and expose them to the outdoors. We love Rickett’s Glenn State Park here in Pennsylvania, with various trail lengths and levels.
- Yoga in the park is an excellent way to improve flexibility, strength, and relaxation. You can choose a quiet spot in the park and bring a yoga mat and blanket for the baby and find a lovely shaded area. We often toss our Zenimal into our bag and take a mindful break for a few minutes to reset.
- Take a neighborhood walk, get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and clear your mind. You can also choose a park or nature trail and walk at your own pace with your baby. Walking can help improve your mood, stress, and physical health. You can do it around baby’s naps so they snooze while you stroll.
- A picnic in the park is a great way to spend quality time with your baby or younger kids and enjoy the outdoors. You can pack some healthy snacks and drinks and choose a quiet spot in the park. It can be a great way to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Meet-Up with Other Moms – finding a meetup or suggesting one on a local mom Facebook group can be an excellent way to engage and meet new moms during what can be a lonely time. Nursing support groups, new mom Stroller Strides, or even a cup of coffee with a baby in town can do wonders for your mental health.
These great activities allow you to exercise, connect with fresh air, and bond with your kids. These activities can also help improve your mental and physical health and reduce stress. So, grab your baby carrier or bike trailer, pack healthy snacks, and head out for outdoor fun and self-care.
Remember, if you are not quite ready to step out but feel alone or unlike yourself, it’s OK to ask for help. Book Free a call with us, to chat about whether what’s happening is normal; we are here to listen, or call one of these amazing organizations.
Parenting is hard. We can help.
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 833-943-5746
Postpartum Support International Helpline: 800-944-4773