I just gave birth to my second child a couple months ago. He is such an amazing blessing, and my husband and I instantly fell in love with this new little human. But while I’m incredibly joyful with this new baby, I’m also incredibly EXHAUSTED. And the advice that everyone always tells you about sleeping when the baby sleeps doesn’t exactly work when you have another child to look after as well.
Back when I had my daughter, I thought it was really tiring, but she was actually a much better sleeper than Noah is. We’re up every few hours every night. After several weeks of not sleeping more than 3 hours at a time it can kind of leave you feeling like a zombie. But as a mom, your job doesn’t halt just because you’re feeling way too tired to do it. Heck, it doesn’t even stop when you feel too sick to get out of bed. Nope! You still have to get up and take care of the tiny humans who need you.
Although I haven’t gotten much sleep in quite a while, I have learned a few things that really help with my energy level. At least enough to get me through the day and not feel completely dead.
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1. Drink water first thing in the morning
Staying hydrated is super important! I try to drink plenty of water throughout the day, which really helps to give me energy. But when I make sure that I drink a big glass of water first thing after I wake up it really helps me feel more awake and ready to start the day. Especially if the water is nice and cold. On the days when I skip this, I can really feel a big difference in how much energy I have.
2. Make a green smoothie
I am all about my green smoothies! They are so yummy and full of nutrients. All I do is put a whole bunch of leafy greens in my blender along with fruit and some kind of liquid and blend it all up. Then just sip and enjoy the boost of energy! My usual ingredients are spinach, a banana, frozen fruit, yogurt, flaxseed (this is the one that I use and love!), honey, and green tea.
This is my absolute favorite blender for making my smoothies! You can drink your smoothie right out of the cup you blend in, and it’s so easy to clean.
3. Keep moving
If I’m running on very little sleep, I have to keep moving. Sitting down and relaxing on the couch or on my bed for too long just makes me way more sleepy. So to keep up my energy I try to not sit down for too long, and especially not anywhere too comfortable. I have to focus on getting things done so I don’t think about how tired I am. As soon as I sit down to relax “just for a minute,” I get comfortable and then it’s really hard to make myself get up and get stuff done.
If I do need to sit down to take a break, then I try to always sit somewhere that’s not too comfy. Like at the dining room table or in a chair that’s not super cushy. I’m telling you, the couch is always a huge trap for me! Once I sit down I just can’t make myself get up. And then nothing gets done because I feel so sleepy that I can barely keep my eyes open.
Along with not sitting down somewhere that’s too comfortable, I also try to do at least a little exercise everyday. Getting a little work out in makes me feel so much better. Now that the weather is starting to warm up a little, I’m trying to take more walks outside. It’s nice to get the kids out of the house, and the fresh air really wakes me up.
4. Have some apple cider vinegar
I’m a big fan of apple cider vinegar. This stuff is great for not only giving you more energy, but it can also help you lose weight and boost your immune system, along with a whole host of other benefits. I will warn you, it does have a pretty strong taste that takes a while to get used to. Be sure to mix the apple cider vinegar with at least 8 oz of water so it doesn’t harm your teeth since it’s pretty acidic. I also like to mix in some honey to help with the taste.
Life with kids is pretty tiring, but these things really help me make it through the day without having to completely rely on coffee to keep my eyes open. Although I still do love my coffee! 🙂
What gives you energy and keeps you going when you’re running on very little sleep?