Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter most.

No, I’m not talking about the little profound things like holding the ones you love and making carefree, simple memories as a family. Oh sure, there’s value to be found in those moments, but before you dig that deep, sometimes you just have to stay afloat.

For a new mom, it’s often the very little things that often set the course.

When my Little Dude was born at the end of October of 2016, my husband and I managed to sneak out a week later to early vote and grab coffee. The whole time, I was weepy – okay, I was bawling my eyes out – because of this “beautiful moment” we were sharing on this beautiful day. And everything was just so beautiful.

Possibly my hormones were a bit out of whack. But man, it felt good to get out!

A mom in one of my favorite Facebook groups recently pointed out that in the early days, sometimes something as simple as putting on lipstick – even if you’re going nowhere – can make you feel put together and ready to take on the day.

I loved that idea! I wish I’d tried it when Little Dude and Tank were itty bitty. (No joke, I actually tried it the other day anyway, and it did make me happier!)

What are some other ways a new mom can find her normal again? Here are some easy ideas I came up with (Most of these can be done with or without baby in tow):

  1. Sit in your favorite coffee shop and enjoy a coffee while people watching.
  2. Stroll the mall and window shop.
  3. Take a walk.
  4. Take a drive – even if you have nowhere important to go.
  5. Wear something that makes you feel pretty.
  6. Paint your nails and/or toenails.
  7. Style your hair.
  8. Make a vision board.
  9. Print some photos and hang a photo collage where it’ll make you smile each day.
  10. Make up a pitcher of infused water to sip from all day.
  11. Put a vase of colorful flowers on the counter.
  12. Have a dance party in your kitchen. Blast your favorite music.
  13. Color.
  14. Brew a good pot of coffee/tea and sip it from your favorite mug.
  15. Diffuse (baby safe) essential oils.
  16. Stretch or do yoga. You can even do this right in your own living room!
  17. Get a pedicure. Can’t get out? Buy some epsom salts and have a foot soak at home!
  18. Call a friend to chat.
  19. Find a pretty planner/notebook to record your plans/ideas in. Bonus: Use colorful pens!
  20. Visit a museum.
  21. Visit an indoor play place. Chat with the other moms while your kids play.
  22. Find a local craft show/farmer’s market to stroll through.
  23. Have a picnic lunch. Don’t feel like going out? Have it in your backyard!
  24. Treat yourself to a new something: pen, lipstick, hair color – something that will make you feel like a fresh start.
  25. Start a daily affirmation journal.

I tried to keep everything on the list low-key and low-cost so they’re easy ideas to incorporate into days that might seem chock-full of stress. Did I miss anything? Did I inspire you? Drop your own ideas in the comments below!

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