Let’s talk about the one thing all mothers miss the most once they have children: sleep. Once you have kids (and let’s be honest, even before they are actually born) your chance to sleep through the night is almost zero for the foreseeable future. There are several things you can do on any given day to combat the bone-tired exhaustion moms experience in the early days (and years) of motherhood.
Drink extra water and drink it cold
Giving your body extra water will help increase your energy (and is just plain good for you). And if you drink your water cold, it will help wake you up.
If you don’t like drinking plain water, add some fruit to your water or drink carbonated water. The idea is to get the hydration, however that needs to happen. Just make sure you aren’t choosing those sweeteners that come with added sugars.
Get some fresh air
When you’re tired, it can seem easy to spend the day inside with the kiddos. But if you need a boost, get outside and get some fresh air. The sunshine will boost your mood and the fresh air will give you more energy. (Getting outside will also be a good opportunity for the kids to get some energy out!)
It may seem counterintuitive, but exercising actually gives you more energy. Even if you are totally wiped out right after your workout, exercising in general increases your energy throughout the day.
And your exercise doesn’t have to be a big expensive production. You don’t have to join a gym (though if you find one nearby with childcare, that’s just an extra perk). “I like walking because it’s accessible, easy to do, doesn’t need training or equipment and you can do it anywhere,” says Rita Redberg, MD, science advisor to the American Heart Association’s “Choose To Move” program. (source)
If all else fails, just guzzle coffee (or your caffeine vehicle of choice). Sometimes the extra boost, as temporary as it is, is what you need to get through the day. But make sure you are eating throughout the day as well. Letting your blood sugar get low will exacerbate your fatigue.
Motherhood is tiring. We all know this. But there are things we can do to quickly boost our energy to help us get through the day.
What is your favorite way to get more energy? How do you take your coffee?