As a mother, you will know the feeling of the weight of fatigue: it’s crushing. It pushes down on you and it affects every single aspect of your daily life. Fatigue is unlike most other types of tiredness. It’s the unrelenting exhaustion that often comes with sleepless nights. Did you know that sleep deprivation has been used as a method of torture in the past? Now that you’re a parent, you’re probably well versed in the torture of little to no sleep.
No matter how many times you read that it’s normal to have little sleep, it doesn’t make it easy to cope with. It’s fatigue that sees you making silly mistakes, like filling a bottle with coffee, or booking appointments with a DUI Lawyer because you forgot you were driving and had too much champagne during a celebration. Fatigue can affect every single piece of your life, but if you know how to combat it and make it better, you will find that you are able to make it better. It is important to realize that fatigue is a normal response to prolonged physical and emotional exertion, poor eating, and a lot of emotional stress.
For some people, fatigue is more than that. It’s a symptom of something more dangerous and an underlying medical condition requiring treatment. The problem is that most people who are dealing with fatigue also deal with poor memory and they cannot remember if they’ve booked to get some help or not.
Fighting Fatigue As a Mom
It’s not easy to get on top of fatigue when it’s been under your skin for so long. You can’t exactly send the baby back, and there is plenty of research to show that sleep training is not a good idea: not only does it teach your baby you’re not coming to see them, but it has also been linked to abandonment in later life. Instead, you have to consider all of the ways that you can combat your fatigue and finally get through it all.
Here are some of the ways that you can fight your fatigue.
- Look at your diet first and foremost. You need to have as much energy as possible in your day-to-day life. Drinking plenty of water is a good place to start as you need your brain to be as hydrated as possible to get through it.
- Limit your caffeine. Oh, it’s supposed to be the nectar of the Gods, but did you know that caffeine can contribute to feeling more fatigue than anything else.It will make you feel more tired more quickly, and this crash can lead to fatigue as you have never known it before. Don’t go cold turkey with it, though. Give your body time to withdraw by gently decreasing how much you have.
- Make sure that you eat something for breakfast. If you can’t stomach food, whizz up a smoothie. You need fuel in the mornings, and the best place to get that is in your kitchen! Add good protein to your breakfast, and you will be able to start your day right.
- Don’t skip out on meals. You’re busy with the kids, I get it. However, when you skip a meal, your sugar levels are going to drop and you can’t do anything about that – except eating! Don’t let yourself get caught in a sugar crash. Not when you can be in control of maintaining your sugar levels throughout the day.
- Check out a list of iron-rich foods. You need as much iron in your diet every day to avoid feelings of fatigue. Iron will prevent you from becoming anemic. This will ensure that you are able to focus better throughout the day.
- Get enough sleep. You need sleep, but you need good quality sleep, too. This means ensuring that you are sleeping somewhere comfortable and warm and that you have as little interruption as possible. Of course, it’s not always possible with a baby in the house. So, you need to make sure that you have a good enough support system around you to help you to catch up where you can.
- Let go of bad habits like smoking and drinking. Not only can drinking when you’re tired make you forget how much you’ve had to drink (as mentioned earlier), it can put you in danger. So, let go of the bad habits until you have the fatigue under control.
- Get up and move. Yes, you’re tired, but sedentary behavior isn’t going to help. Get up and move: do star jumps, jog on the spot. Whatever it takes to stop the tired feeling from overtaking you!
Jessi is a working mom to two living in Central Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies but decided to make her career in social media marketing and content writing. When she isn’t cooking up something new in the kitchen, she is traveling with her family and looking for new adventures!