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I don’t know about you, but ever since I was pregnant with my first child I’ve felt exhausted a lot of the time. Though if you have small children, you probably can relate to that feeling.
Then, after my youngest stopped nursing at night, I felt like I couldn’t seem to get enough sleep to make up for all I had lost. And it was especially frustrating at first because I couldn’t sleep all night through without waking, since I was so used to getting up to feed the baby several times each night. There is good news though, normal sleep does get easier with time.
Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding all take a toll on our bodies and if we don’t take good care of ourselves the exhaustion will only continue to get worse. It can easily turn into a vicious cycle when you’re too tired to make healthy meals and do things that will make you feel better. Remember it’s just as important for you to take as good care of yourself as you do your kids; your kids need you!
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic cure or pill? But since there isn’t, here are some tips to help you feel your best and get rid of the exhaustion. Of course, you probably can’t change how you feel by doing just one thing, you will likely need to try several together to notice a big difference.
And of course, following all these tips won’t cost you very much, if at all. Because it shouldn’t be expensive to feel great and have the energy to do the things you love.
Get Enough Sleep
This is the most obvious remedy; but, probably the hardest for moms. If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night you could always take a nap while your kids are taking a nap or having quiet time. It’s okay if not everything gets done, it can wait until you are feeling more rested.
Get Enough Vitamins and Minerals
Be sure to take a good multivitamin and make sure it contains vitamin B12 and Iron. If you think you might be deficient at all, go visit your doctor and get tested. You should also eat plenty of foods high in vitamins and iron, such as raisins, spinach, beans, etc. This is especially important if you are pregnant or nursing.
Exercise gets your blood pumping which helps to wake your body up. If you combine that with fresh air it is very invigorating. Try to make exercising fun or enjoyable by doing something you enjoy, some ideas are walking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, yoga, etc. And find someone to exercise with so you can both encourage each other.
Limit Screen Time
I’m not sure why, but for some reason looking at the bright screens of a device tend to make me feel more tired the more I look at them. So I would advise only using devices when they are necessary and limit using them for entertainment.
Stick to a Schedule
When you do things at the same time or in the same order your body knows what to expect and can get prepared. This way your body can make the best use of the energy you do have. Your schedule can be as flexible as you want, but it’s best if you keep the important parts as consistent as possible, such as meals, bedtime, and exercise. If you can’t do everything at the same time, at least try to do as much as possible in the same order each day.
Reduce Refined Sugar Intake
Consuming too much sugar makes it harder for your body to fight off sickness. And of course getting sick will not help you feel any better. If you’re craving sweets, try eating some fruit instead.
Eat Smaller Meals and Drink Plenty of Water
You know how after eating a large meal you feel like taking a nap, really tired and just want to sleep. If you eat small healthy meals, you’ll feel more energized instead of sleepy. And don’t forget to drink enough water every day! Optimally you should drink 8-10 cups or ½-1 oz of water for every pound body weight each day.
Teach Your Children to Help
If your children are old enough to help, teach them how they can help you. Even toddlers can help do simple chores. If you have your children help with household chores it will not only give you less to do, but it’s also really good for children to learn how to help around the house. The skills you teach them will be useful for the rest of their lives.
Make Time for Yourself
Don’t feel guilty doing things just for yourself! Every mom needs time to do what she loves. It can sometimes be hard to find time for yourself but be creative and you can make it work. You could try having quiet time every day, trading babysitting with another mom, or just having your husband watch the kids while you go out. Go have some fun and recharge!
Energy Bars and Drinks
If you need a quick fix, you can always try a healthy energy bar or drink. It’s not a permanent solution, but can be helpful in some situations. If you are up to it, there are lots of recipes on Pinterest or you could always order some from Amazon.
Warning: If you still feel exhausted after trying all these tips, go see a doctor, something else may be wrong.
Ever since becoming a mom I’ve struggled with feeling exhausted and these tips have helped me if I make sure to do them consistently. And I hope they will do the same for you! Of course, they are much easier said than done, but keep trying and you will feel better eventually.
I would love to hear about any other tips for helping moms feel amazing. If you have any please, tell me about them, in the comments below.