These tips will push away new-mama drama and help you feel organized and resilient.
1. Make your bed before 10 a.m.
Doing this task will fire up your spirit to tackle the day. You don’t have to do it perfectly; just do it. Ask a Navy SEAL about this and you’ll hear about how the mundane act of bed-fixing will positively motivate you, as one completed task is usually followed by another completed task (like brushing your teeth) and so on.
2. Consume caffeine on a schedule
You’re going to need that added energy. For me, drinking one cup of coffee in the morning and one glass of soda after lunch kept me functioning until bedtime. Find what works for you and stick to it.
3. Chug water regularly, too
This is purely for health reasons. Your body needs water—and food—so give it what it needs. Otherwise, heart palpitations and insomnia due to dehydration may follow.
4. Hang a mirror in your kitchen
Not only does seeing your reflection in the main area of your home make you more likely to say positive affirmations to yourself, but it also encourages a speedy return to applying makeup. Stash some concealer, mascara, blush, and lip gloss in one of your kitchen drawers for super-fast access.
5. Empty the kitchen sink every night
An empty sink before you go to bed, whether the dishwasher is full of dirty or clean dishes, will make you feel better when you wake up and head into the kitchen the next day
6. Keep your diaper bag loaded
Water bottle? Check. Five diapers? Check. Extra socks and change of clothing? Check. The favorite power bar with the chocolate chips and cherry chunks for when you’re starving? Check. If you keep your diaper bag packed and ready to go at all times, you cut your getting-ready prep in half when it’s time to actually leave the house.
7. Get offline
What I really mean is don’t get carried away clicking on every article that details “the hidden health meanings of how often your baby spits up, cries, poops, or sleeps during the day.” The Internet is an awesome place to guide you toward solutions and decipher benign mysteries that your baby presents you with, but don’t get obsessed. If you’re truly concerned about something, talk to your pediatrician. Getting offline as much as you can will also keep your brain functioning in a much more calm and controlled way.
This is an edited excerpt from The FAB Mom's Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back Fast After Baby, a frank, confidence-building book for first-time moms about staying organized and 'focused after baby' (FAB).