From nine months of leg cramps and endless trips to the bathroom to feeding your little babe as the sun rises, checking on sleepwalking toddlers, night-time potty training and threenagers (and/or teenagers) stumbling around the house at all hours of the night… Let’s not beat around the bush – from the get going there’s no avoiding the fact that your sweet little cherub will keep you up at night AT SOME POINT. Not always and not forever, but always at some point. Welcome to the club mamas!
Today, we’re here to discuss how to combat the fatigue that follows the above.
We recently conducted a little poll to suss out the general consensus on fighting fatigue, the best hacks and the best snacks…
HERE’S WHAT YOU SAID:
You’re reaching for the cakes and cookies over carrots and hummus. Although a popular response to our asking for ‘tips and tricks’ was to hide the biscuit tin and reach for the fruit bowl, smoothies, avocados, almonds, and eggs too.
Coffee – yes it’s a vicious circle. The caffeine eventually wears off and you’re left feeling more deflated than before. How about another? (See what we mean?!) But we’re not going to deny you of this god send of a delicious drink. All in moderation people.
Sleep when the baby sleeps. 31% said ‘I promise it’s possible’, 69% voted for ‘In your dreams baby’. (We agree with the latter, but the former gives us hope!)
Getting outside seems to be the general unanimous answer to put a spring back in your step after a long night. But movies and popcorn isn’t totally dismissed either.
And lastly, managing expectations, keeping it real, and most importantly, it’s all a phase.
AFTER A LITTLE MORE INVESTIGATION:
We discovered The Sleep Foundation backs up our thoughts on the benefits of fresh air… “Go for morning walks – The exposure to natural sunlight in the morning can reset your circadian rhythm after a sleepless night. It also helps an infant develop a regular sleep-wake cycle. Plus, the exercise may make it easier to fall asleep when you do have a chance to nap.” – TSF
AND FINALLY, HERE’S WHAT WE SUGGEST:
New pj’s for your kids (so at least they look cute whilst keeping you up at night), new PJ’s for you (for the same reason), an essential oil that not only smells delicious but helps keep your energy levels consistent and encourages a relaxed state of mind. Really good coffee (for obvious reasons) and a recipe for choccie bites that are in fact good for you (win, win). We also suggest a pair of sunnies, an eye serum that will refresh and moisturise and a T shirt that says it all!
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