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Getting Your Confidence Back After Childbirth

Many of us struggle with confidence at some time in our lives. Even those of us that have previously 
had high self-esteem and appear from the outside to be successful, strong and powerful, don’t always 
feel that way. Many things can affect your confidence. Small issues like a poor performance review at 
work or receiving criticism can give it an unwelcome knock. But, it’s more significant issues, like the 
breakdown of a relationship that can have the most adverse effects. Many women find that their 
confidence takes a massive kick following childbirth.

They should feel more powerful and fantastic than ever. They’ve just made a person, what could be 
better? But it can lead to nothing but overwhelm and negativity. New mothers often feel as though 
they’ve lost their sense of self. The can feel as though they don’t know what they are doing, that 
nothing is going right, and they are unable to cope. Even after the newborn period has passed, 
returning to work or attempting to get back to real life can bring it all flooding back.

This lack of confidence and self-esteem can start to affect all areas of your life. It can make it hard to 
bond with your baby. Your relationship can suffer. You might avoid your friends, or find yourself
 scared of leaving the house with your baby. But, what can you do about it? How do you rediscover 
your confidence and become a strong, powerful woman that’s rocking motherhood?

Exercise

When you’ve just had a baby, exercise is tough. You shouldn’t get back to the gym or any strenuous 
activity for the first few weeks, and not without speaking to your doctor. But, if you had a straightforward 
birth and your body is recovering well, you can return to gentle exercises, like walking or swimming as 
soon as you feel up to it.

Don’t push yourself too hard, instead listen to your body and enjoy being outdoors. You’ll probably find 
that your baby sleeps in the pram as you walk too, and you get a little peace.
If you want to use exercise to boost your confidence and your mood, it’s a good idea not to obsess 
over your weight. Avoid the scales, get moving, and the weight will fall away slowly and safely. Instead, 
set yourself goals like getting ready to train as a tutor in fitness, or getting back to your previous 5k time.

Laugh

Laughter is a great way to start feeling like yourself again. When you are tired and not feeling your 
best, laughing can seem a world away. But, it doesn’t have to be. Spend time with people that make 
you smile, do fun things, watch your favourite comedies. We smile when we feel good, but it works 
the other way too. Smile and laugh and your body will be flooded with endorphins and adrenaline, 
making you feel better.

Look After Yourself

When there’s a newborn baby to look after, it can be hard to find the time to look after yourself. But, it 
can make the world of difference. Take a shower, brush your hair, dress nicely when you go out and 
even put a bit of makeup on or shave your legs. You don’t have to spend hours getting ready for a day 
at home, but taking care of yourself and putting a little effort in when you can make you feel like you are 
in control. You’ll hold your head up high, and enjoy hearing people tell you how good you look.

Cut Negativity

Most of us know people that are always bringing us down. People that are negative, that rarely say 
anything nice and that are just hard to be around. You’ll also know people that never seem to give 
anything back. You always have to ring them and make plans. They never make any effort for your 
relationship. You might even have people on your social media feeds that just annoy you. Cut them all, 
instead of letting them bring you down.

Be Kind

Being kind and generous is one of the best ways to boost your mood and your confidence. Be kind 
with your time, help those that need it, and simply say hi and smile at people you pass. You’ll feel good 
about yourself, and your confidence will start to come back in buckets.

Fake It

We’ve all at some point had to fake confidence. When you go into a job interview as nervous as can 
be, you try hard not to show it, and soon, as you start to answer questions and speak with authority, 
this false confidence becomes the real thing. Act confident, and you might quickly start to feel it.

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