As a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in caring for your family and forget about yourself. At first, it’s hard to do much more than rest as much as possible because your body goes through so much change after having a baby.

I’m still soaking up the newborn stage of our sweet baby girl, Roemee, but I’m also reminding myself how important it is to start good habits while my daughter is young, because I know they’ll influence her health too. That’s not to say I plan on sacrificing rest; obviously, parents need as much of that as we can get.

Still, I’ve learned that implementing other healthy habits is not only beneficial for me mentally and physically, but it makes me a better mom and keeps my baby healthy.

Walk one step at a time.

One of the first healthy habits I implemented was some mild, mindful activity.

In my eighth day postpartum, I reminded myself that I needed to include daily activity in my schedule and turn it into a habit again. So, I used the time during one of her naps to get my body moving again and go for a slow walk on the treadmill. I may have only walked on the treadmill at 1 MPH, but hey, you have to start somewhere!

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