I am the first to admit that being a mother is the hardest job in the planet and I am seriously not exaggerating. Well, I think you already know that by now. I mean it gets tough out here, it’s me against 3 youngsters full of life and energy who RULE the house. Yup! it’s a fact and I do not feel embarrast about saying it. Wait, I actually do!
As moms we have to do everything around the house, we cook, clean, do laundry, play with the kids, discipline them, scream at them, and so much more. I know that dads help out here and there, but I think we can all agree that they do not do exactly the same things that we have to do. I feel like we think we have to do everything and not ask for help. Sometimes I don’t even ask my hubby to help me around the house because I feel like I just get things done much quicker than he will. He does help out without being asked, but you get what I mean.
Whether we are working moms or stay at home moms our mommy duties never end. Sometimes I even think to myself ” I didn’t sign up for this” haha! it cracks me up, but it’s true. Everyday you learn that being a mom is always being available and ready to help out others and we forget about ourselves. We are automatically nourishing human beings, like the minute that we lay eyes on our babies, we become more understandable, loving, caring and nourishing individuals. We love to take care of our kids and hubby’s because it makes us feel good. It makes us feel like we are doing our jobs as a mother and as a wife.
We have to find a balance and know when it’s time for us to take a break and just stop. We are moms and therefor we are bound to get tired of doing basically everything. I feel tired everyday, there are certain times during the day that I am just TIRED! Whether is tired of listening to my kids scream or cry or whine about anything and everything. Sometimes I get tired of cooking, wiping my twins cute behinds. I sometimes get tired of picking up my daughter from school because of the monster truck of a double stroller that I have, it’s insane. My point is that as moms we get tired and we just need ways to make us feel better and help us get our groove back.
8 simple tips for tired moms that actually work
Just drop everything that you are doing and sit down. You do not need to clean every second your kids make a mess. unless they spilled a drink. Every time my kids would make a mess in the living room with their toys, I would immediately clean it up. I just didn’t like to see it on the floor so I thought I had to clean it right away. WRONG! I didn’t, why? because it can wait. The dirty dishes can wait, the dirty laundry can wait, mopping the floor can definitely wait. We cannot do it when we are tired because then we will not clean effectively. When you just take a minute or two to just sit down and breathe, it will make you feel better and less stressful. Just remind yourself that cleaning can wait because you need a break right now. Then believe me that you will have the energy to take on the daily cleaning task, because you now have a bit more energy to do so.
2. Lay on the couch
I do this all of the time and let me tell you that it feels great. I just put my feet up and watch my kids play, when you do this you are relaxing your body muscle and you are just relaxing period. You can’t always be on the go go go all of the time, it’s going to wear you down. Every time I feel tired I lay down on my couch and check my phone, watch a video or listen to music. Even if it’s just for five minutes, those five minutes will count and you will treasure it. Also when the kids are napping you can do some of these things, So give your body a break and recharge!
3. Easy meal
When you feel tired the last thing that you want to do is cook, am I right? I mean just the thought of cooking is a nightmare, so why not make a simple yet delicious recipe? Cook something that you are already way too familiar with and that you know it will take no time in making. whip out your slow cooker if you have one and just let it do its thing. Since I myself do not have a slow cooker, I gravitate towards my usual pasta or rice dishes. It’s something that I know I can make fast and I know my kids will eat, like this rice and chicken recipe. Remember do not slave in the kitchen and just make something simple and fast. Another tip for you, order food and call it a day, That’s what I do sometimes :).
4. Take a power nap
A power nap is all you need to give you that energy boost that you so need and desire. When my twins were babies, I used to take naps with them. Mainly because I was lucky and blessed enough to have help in the house other than my hubby, so this really helped me out a lot. When I didn’t have help though, I used to sit my twins in their high chairs and put their favorite cartoons on T.V and then I would lay next to them in the couch and nap! Yes momma, let me tell you that those extra 10 minutes were so worth it, I had energy and I was not grumpy anymore. My oldest daughter( 4 at the time) would be in school because otherwise there was no power napping for me most of the time. Even though, when I was just extremely tired, I would just talk to her and tell her that mommy is tired and needs a nap, so she would just watch T.V as well and let me take my power nap for 10 minutes or so. Kids understand, so talk to your oldest child because they do feel your energy and they can tell.
It is so important for every mom to have a full stomach. I do not know about you, but when I get hungry, I get upset quickly, I loose my patience and I get in a bad mood. I have to eat, snack or drink something to boost my energy up and my mood. My grandmother always tells me ” you must take care of yourself in order to take care of your kids” and I always try to live by those words because it’s true. If I do not eat and give my body the nutrients that it needs, how am I going to have the strength to take care of my kids? It’s impossible. Another thing my grandmother tells me is ” eat before you feed your kids” and now I do. Before I thought I had to feed them first in order for me to eat, but if you do that and your kids do not want to eat, you are going to get frustrated, you will loose your appetite and that’s bad. Also, even if your kids eat, you will be putting all of your energy in them and making them finish their food and that will be drain you aswell. Eating first will give you have the energy to deal with getting your kids to eat their own food later, also let’s say that you are eating and your kids see you, they will want to eat as well.
6. Drink coffee
Do I need to say more? Coffee is literally my life and I must have a cup everyday, I know it’s bad but I love it. It just makes me happy and energized. Seriously when I am having a bad mommy day or just simply feel tired, I call my hubby to bring me my ice latte and when I see him walk through that door after work with my latte, I just beam. It’s that serious. I do not drink hot coffee, so I usually buy my ice latte at Dunkin Donuts, I even go after dropping off my daughter in school, with my twins and their big truck looking double stroller and walk to the nearest Dunkin donuts and order my ice caramel latte. Girl! I am good to go! If you are not a coffee person, but are a tea or glass of wine type of mommy, by all means drink whatever you need, to have an energy boost!
7. Take a bath
Taking a bath just rejuvenates me, it gives me energy and puts a smile on my face. We all know it’s rare to take a bath before the kids go to sleep, but if you have an opportunity take it! Taking a bath feels like a new me, I am ready to tackle on motherhood like never before. It honestly wakes me up and puts me in a good mood.
8. Sleep early
In order to have energy and feel less tired during the day, you must try to go to sleep early. I sometimes have a problem with doing this because my kids will try anything and everything to avoid their bedtime. But when I do, I feel great! recharge your body, rest your brain and cuddle up with your hubby and sleep. Sleep is the best energy booster there is, so take advantage of it when you can.
I hope you find these 8 simple tips for tired moms helpful and useful. If you have more tips to add to the list, please feel free to share with us tired moms!
Have a great day and I will see you next time.
ATENCIÓN: ¿Es usted alguien que tiene pequeños monstruos corriendo por la casa, gritando, saltando, comiendo, sin un cuidado en el mundo? ¿Usted se encuentra haciendo todas las tareas de la casa y sin embargo, encuentras tiempo para cocinar y limpiar pequeños traseros y mocos de pequeñas narices lindas? ¿Tiene un esposo que parece tan tranquilo y en control de los niños, mientras que usted siente un ligero celos y se cuestiona de por qué sus hijos se comportan con él y no con usted? Mejor aún, ¿es usted una MADRE CANSADA en necesidad de consejos para obtener energia atraves del día? Bueno, usted ha venido al lugar correcto, bienvenida al club y espero que estos consejos te pueden ayudar en todo lo possible.