Perhaps there isn’t a single thing that is more universal for moms than feeling tired all the time. It doesn’t matter if you are a working mom, a stay at home mom, if you have one kid or five: being tired is just part of your daily life. But it doesn’t have to be! If it feels like there is not enough time in the day to do everything you have to do, maybe you need to balance your time better. Here are some tips to help.
1. Get enough (quality) sleep
Yes, I know, a full night’s sleep seems like an impossible dream with a toddler that refuses to go to bed, work emails to answer and laundry that is piling up. However, getting 8 hours of sleep is not as important as getting good rest. Set up a routine and go to bed and wake up always at the same time, no exceptions. Yes, even during weekends. Adults usually need 6-7 hours of sleep, figure out what’s your ideal number and stick to it. Your body will appreciate the routine and it will be easier to fall into REM sleep so you can wake up feeling rested. Another good thing to try is to cut off all caffeine by 2 pm, and that means all caffeine: coffee, tea, sodas, etc. Caffeine can stay in your body for up to 10 hours and it can make it so you stay in a light sleep for longer, which provides little rest for your body.
2. Cut your to-do list in half
Try as you might, the day only has 24 hours and it’s not possible to squeeze an extra hour out of it. If your to-do list goes unfinished every single day, the list is too long, simple as that. There is limited time to do things on any given day, so the solution is to try to do less. It might sound crazy, but you’ll quickly realize how many unimportant things you are stressing over. This will be a change over time, but start practicing by cutting one or two items on your list as soon as you finish writing it. You will learn to prioritize the things that are really important and to forget about the ones that are not.
3. Get help!
You are amazing. But not even you can do absolutely everything yourself. Nobody will judge you for getting help, I promise. If you live with your partner or co-parent, get them to help you around. Yes, even if you are a stay at home mom and he is a working father, if you are tired all the time and he’s well-rested, there isn’t really a balance, is it? AS your kids grow older, give them more responsibilities around the house. Sure, your seven-year-old might be in over his head cooking dinner. But he sure can sweep the floor and set the table before you sit down to eat.