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Most new moms would probably give you the stink eye if you complained of being tired unless you were also a mom. Before having Evie, I had been tired before. Everyone has been tired, I get it.
Then there is the bone weary tiredness that you literally feel in your bones. When standing up or getting out of bed becomes a chore. Kind of like when you were in the end stages of pregnancy, but now you’re EXTRA tired. It’s when you all of a sudden realize you’ve been standing, staring out the kitchen window with no recollection of how you got there or why you are there to begin with. And then it happens again two seconds later. It is the tiredness that comes from repeated night wakings repeatedly occuring on repeating nights. Repeating… What was I talking about?
They talk about mom brain. It’s more like sleep-deprived brain. Anyone would have memory problems! Anyways, on to how you can get more energy as a a mom with a new baby or anyone who has low energy. Here are 5 ways to increase your energy.
Duh. Oh, wait. You’re a new mom? You have a baby keeping you up? You have a million things you have to do? Well. You heard me. Or read me. Or what I wrote. Or whatever! Yes, get more sleep! Make it a priority! The laundry can wait. The dishes can wait. The baby cannot wait, but sleep when they are.
Now, if you have a toddler that will definitely make it tough. I don’t have one, but I hear stories from my sister who does, so I have second hand experience, K? In that case, go to bed earlier.
I GET THAT YOU HAVE NO TIME TO YOURSELF AND YOU JUST WANT TO READ ONE MORE CHAPTER IN YOUR BOOK.
Sleep. You can read it when you’re not exhausted. Because you do eventually get used to sleeping less. Or your baby starts sleeping better. But in those first few months, it is so super duper necessary to get all the sleep you can get so your body can heal. Or so you don’t get into a car accident because you can’t see straight you’re so tired. Or so you don’t snap at your partner because they are stirring dinner the wrong way. You feel me? Reorganize those priorities of yours and sleep. If you really can’t seem to manage it, then get your partner or another relative or a friend to take the baby.
Okay. Sorry for preachin’ at ya. Moving on.
Drink LOTS of water. LOTS. Yes, I’m yelling again. It’s super important. Even if you don’t have a new baby. You will literally die if you don’t drink water. That’s how important it is for your body. But don’t drink too much, because apparently that’s a thing.
You would think this would be an easy and/or obvious one. But when you’re overtired the last thing you feel like doing is making a meal. (Read some tips here!) Especially if you’re still trying to figure out how to keep a tiny human alive. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need around 500 extra calories. That’s quite a bit of food! The healthier, the better for your milk supply. And if you’re not breastfeeding, then you’ll be less likely to gain weight. Unless you want to. In which case, eat all the chips and candy! Either way, if you’re not eating, you will definitely find yourself geting hangry. And no one needs that. Especially not you. 🙂
This one is definitely quite obvious. And you’re probably already doing it. Buuuut, if you don’t like coffee or are worried about it overstimulating your baby, drink tea. If you’re not breastfeeding or your baby isn’t affected by the caffeine then drink coffee. DRINK ALL THE COFFEE. Or tea. Tea’s good too. Green tea generally has less caffeine then coffee but will still give you a bit of a boost. My favourite is a herbal tea that boosts your metabolism while giving you energy without a crash after. It comes as a concentrate so you don’t have steep it and then forget about it. And, and, and…! It tastes delicious cold! So even if you do forget about it or you have 37 things to do immediately after you make it, then it will still be drinkable. Seriously, go check it out. It’s a game changer. (Full disclosure: my mom sells it. I don’t benefit from it. Well, except for a happy mom. 🙂 )
Nothing too strenuous. Even if it’s only once or twice a week, it’s better then nothing. In my experience, it’s so great for the mood and your overall feeling of wellness. Walking is great. Or if you’re extra ambitious (and well-healed!), join a gym or take fitness classes. Look for mommy-and-me fitness groups or use it as your me-time and get someone to look after your baby. If you’re in Canada, you can go to your Public Health Unit, and they should have resources either for actual classes or even some free passes to recreation centers.
So, to recap: Sleep, Drink, Eat, Drink Caffeine, and Exercise. Pretty simple, but much easier said then done! Good luck and feel free to shoot me a line if you have any questions.