Are you fighting fatigue and tiredness every day?
You are not alone!
It seems to be the most common issue every single new mom experiences.
Keeping up with the new parenting duties, work, house, social life and everything in between can overwhelm even the most seasoned parents.
I’ve personally never felt more tired than I feel now, taking care of my twin toddlers.
What I don’t want, however, is to be simply surviving instead of enjoying life with my little ones.
Therefore, if you are looking for ideas on how to boost your energy level and beat tiredness, then bear with me.
I’ve gathered practical and simple advice from around the Internet and medical experts to help us, moms, become more energetic, fun and most of all able to enjoy our daily lives with young children.
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Why are we so tired?
Many bloggers and experts have put thought into it already.
What my observations tell me, is that motherhood requires an extreme physical strength.
But it is nothing like going to the gym for an hour.
The moving, lifting, squatting, bending, stroller-pushing, carrying and so on, don’t stop. Well, eventually this ceases of course, once the children grow up a little. But for the first few years, our energy is drained daily merely from physical activity alone.
Then there is emotional tiredness.
Moms are often the CPU of the household.
We keep things in balance, take care of zillion little details which allow our families to function properly. From meal planning to scheduling doctor’s appointments and playdates, we do it all.
On top of that, we tend to worry a whole lot.
Even when our children are still in diapers, we are already ahead of the game.
We think about their schooling, future friends, wrong influences and ways to protect them, how to raise them right and to give them the best childhood we can.
By the time the day is over, I often feel like I was just hit by a car. My whole body hurts.
Does that happen to you?
But I don’t like to give up. I don’t want to look back at these years and only see a blur of what could have been done better.instead of setting unattainable goals for myself and having extremely high expectations, I decided to simplify whenever and whatever I can, to take simple steps that experts recommend for gaining more energy and ultimately more control of my daily life.
And instead of setting unattainable goals for myself and having extremely high expectations, I decided to simplify whenever and whatever I can. I decided to take simple steps that experts recommend for gaining more energy and ultimately more control of my daily life.
One day at a time.
Let’s fight the tiredness with these simple steps
Drink your water
Whenever I mention that I feel tired, my husband immediately asks if I drank enough water.
And he is right on point.
Our body needs water to function properly and the very first sign of even the slightest dehydration is, yes you guessed it, tiredness.
An adult woman needs about 2L or 10 cups of water per day.
A while ago I even put a little note to myself on our kitchen cupboard saying “drink your water”.
Otherwise, it wouldn’t even cross my mind!
The best way to control your fluid intake is to use a water bottle with a measuring chart. Most simple water bottles already have it. I like to use Nalgene because it’s quite big and I don’t have to refill it too often. Sometimes I prepare a pitcher of light herbal tea and sip that throughout the day.
And I can honestly tell the difference between the days I drink my water and days I forget to. It works wonders!
On top of that, drinking enough water helps your skin look young and less wrinkly!
Get enough sleep
But it is so hard sometimes!
Once the house gets finally quiet and we finish all the tidying up after dinner, it is time for us, right? It is time to hang out with our spouse or to finally get to the project we have been eyeballing on Pinterest for so long.
And before we know it, the clock is getting to midnight and we are still awake!
We need to learn to gain control of our evening time better. To prioritize and yes, even skip activities for the sake of waking up refreshed and ready for the day.
Do a short exercise routine often
Exercise is often the last thing we want to hear about when we are tired.
I myself have always struggled to keep a good workout routine.
But the latest technology truly allows us to get our workout done at home and in minutes. Discover the free apps I wrote about in 5 Outstanding Workout Apps That Will Help You Get in Shape Fast and try them out. You might find just what you need.
Because pre-pregnancy I loved doing yoga, I do a quick 10-minute flow whenever I can.
Doing even a short workout increases metabolism and blood flow and consequently boosts our energy level. As simple as that.
Spend time outside daily
In 15 Outdoor Activities for Infants: Why Outside Time Matters I talk about the different ways outside time benefits our babies.
But it is not only our offspring who needs to spend time outdoors.
In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology¹, the authors found out that our vitality and energy levels are much greater after we spend time in natural environment.
The author of the study, Richard Ryan says: “Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,”
Plan a daily outside time with your kids, sunny or not. Not only will you feel more energized, your immune system will get a boost as well. Plus you’ll naturally lower your stress levels and cope better with struggles of everyday life.
Eat less, more often
Skipping meals or eating irregularly is an energy killer.
As moms, we take so much care of our babies, that we often forget to take care of ourselves.
I used to completely skip breakfast at times and only at 11 AM I would finally realize that I had no breakfast at all.
This is a terrible thing to do!
Therefore I decided to eat whenever my boys are eating, snacks and all.
An article from Harvard Medical School² suggests eating small meals more frequently when energy is an issue.
It is ultimately the brain that perceives our sluggishness. And feeding the brain often is not that hard. A piece of fruit or a handful of nuts is often enough to provide the necessary fuel.
Stick to a regular eating routine, opt-in for smaller meals and keep healthy snacks at hand all the time.
Unplug yourself frequently
There have been numerous studies over the past decades that link fatigue and screen time.
The results are what our common sense already tells us.
Spending too much time on our phones, computers or watching TV interferes with the quality of sleep we get, causes eye strain and even affects our mood.
We’ve all been there.
Kids are finally taking a nap and we get all caught up with checking on our friends on Facebook, scrolling down Pinterest or search for advice on baby diaper rash.
Before we know it, an hour goes by, our baby wakes up, but we don’t feel relaxed at all!
I don’t know how about you. but my eyes are usually dried up, I feel like I’m walking in a dream for the next hour and I feel more tired than before.
So even when we think we are getting some “chill time” while our kids are napping, in the end, we might be just getting more tired.
Therefore, try to unplug yourself once in a while.
Instead of “Googling” a recipe, open up the old cookbook. Instead of “keeping up with the Kardashians” for an hour, pick up a book or magazine and read a few pages.
When days get really overwhelming and you feel like you’re just not going to make it, simply stop everything.
The dishes can wait, PB&Jelly counts as dinner every once in a while and the laundry can simply wait one more day.
I’ve done it a couple times and it really made a difference.
Sometimes we all just need a break. And that’s OK!
More tips for instant energy boost
There are many other ways others recommend to boost our energy level instantly. Here is a list of most common tips & tricks:
1. Let the light in. Open up all windows and curtains and let the sunshine and fresh air enter your house.
2. Take your multivitamin with your lunch.
3. Do a quick belly breathing exercise just like this video explains.
4. Have oatmeal for breakfast, the non-sugary kind.
5. Listen to fast music. Latin rhythms will do the trick. Join in with a few dance moves and you’ll feel amazing.
6. Do 10 jumping jacks.
7. Hold downward-facing dog yoga pose for 2-3 minutes. It is one of the best yoga poses for increasing energy.
8. Eat a citrus fruit, orange or grapefruit for instance.
9. Call a friend you haven’t talked to for a long time. I am always super energized after talking to my long-distance friends.
10. Take a power nap. A short 20-minute nap can save the day.