When you’re caring for a small human, it’s understandable that the idea of “self-care” might fall by the wayside. But the truth is that even if it comes in the form of a 5-minute shower, a quick bite of leftovers in between feedings, or taking your postnatal multivitamins, nurturing yourself is just as important during those first several weeks.
And few people understand that better than moms who have done it before. Below, 9 Ritual moms share what worked for them when it came to putting themselves first, finding community, and building a routine again—even if it may feel impossible. (Bonus: Watch the videos for even more stellar advice from our motherhood community.)
Start with the very basics.
“Honestly I still haven’t completely figured out self-care, and with two small kids, it often feels impossible. The essentials [for me] are water and sleep, so for now I’m focused on staying hydrated...but wine helps too.”
— Meena Harris, Activist, Lawyer, and founder of Phenomenal Woman