It’s almost 3 p.m. and the fatigue has set in. You’ve been avoiding giving into it since this morning when you woke up exhausted from a night of little sleep. You have done a good job keeping your sleepy eyes awake by drinking countless cups of cold coffee, but the tiredness is finally catching up. Your level of exhaustion was confirmed when you found your wallet in the refrigerator.
You’re nearly done the day and yet there’s still so much to do. Kids need to be picked up, homework needs to be done, dinner needs to be made, dishes need to be done, things need to be organized for the next day, kids need to be put to bed, and the list goes on forever. Once all those things are finished you can finally get some rest. The question is: Will you make it until then?
Natural ways to beat Mom fatigue
Jess Smith, founder of Red Hawk Healing has some easy to implement strategies that can help you feel more energized!
1. Go to bed early (ha ha)
It is said that every hour before midnight is worth two after.
2. Eat living foods where possible
When eating cooked, pair with enzyme-rich foods such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, kombucha, or apple cider vinegar. Living foods are almost self-digesting, and leave you energized instead of ready for a nap.
3. Green juices
Our soils are so depleted that even the best organic produce is lacking in nutrients. Happily, dark leafy greens are rich with the nutrients missing from most diets. Green smoothies are wonderful, but green juices are quickly absorbed without a sugar spike/crash, and give a big energy boost.
4. Daily ferments
A lot of energy is lost simply to the struggle to digest food! You can get your digestive system running more optimally with ferments.
5. Level blood sugar
Don’t starve yourself. Intermittent fasting (overnight/during restful hours) can be really health-giving and invigorating, but through the day, especially running after littles, food is important. Avoid sugars that spike and crash your blood sugar, and pair sweet with protein to slow the release of sugar in your blood. Don’t wait too long between meals and snacks, but also don’t snack consistently (it’s stress on the digestive system and the teeth). A jar of raw pumpkin seeds are a great protein-rich food you can grab a handful or two of if you have waited too long to eat. It will get you through until you can make something more substantial.
6. Chia seed pudding
This is great for exceptionally fatiguing circumstances. When soaked 4 hours (in a liquid of your choice – think cooled green tea, water, coconut milk and cocoa powder), it turns into a 5 hour energy boost without the crash of commercial energy drinks. Chia is not a stimulant, but is full of nutrients. If I have had a rough night, I will soak 3tbsp of chia seed with 2 cups of water in a bottle and gently shake now and then for about 10 minutes (so it doesn’t settle into globs). It will be ready by the afternoon lull when I need that boost to get me to bedtime.
7. In breath, out breath
Pace yourself. Make note and use of your high-energy and low-energy times. Find a way to pair this with your children energy cycles, and create a daily rhythm that allows for rests. Rest can take the form of reading a book, sitting and snuggling with the kids, enjoying a cup of tea (kids like to get in on this, too), or practicing mindfulness and stillness in the moments you can.
Do something that makes you excited, and take time to do it.
So much of fatigue is mental. Depression and fatigue go hand in hand, and there is so much to write on this. Without going too deeply into this, having a hobby or something you are excited about and taking even a few hours for it on the weekend can be enough to give you the needed energy to get through. It’s joy permeates the everyday humdrum.
9. Drink lots of water!
Fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. I like to drink a bottle (2 cups) of water right on waking. It’s an amazing boost of energy and mental clarity, wakes up digestion, and makes it easier to drink water through the day.
You no longer have to rely on chocolate covered espresso beans to get you through your day. Try using some of these pointers and see if they make a difference in your energy.
How do you increase your energy! What works for you??
Jess Smith has been healing energetically since early childhood. Born in BC, as young as a few years old she would treat anything from bruises, headaches, and even more serious conditions such as epicondylitis or “Tennis Elbow.” She is now a Reiki Master/Teacher, working from her home in Deroche, BC, and has been involved in treating a wide range of physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual conditions. Of these include: traumatic amputations and other injuries, post surgery healing and pain, back problems and injuries, digestive disturbances, cancer, headaches and migraines, eye disorders, emotional trauma, etc. She is also qualified to perform Guided Meditations, Shamanic healing, Oracle Card readings, and classes. To find out more about Jess or get in contact with her head to her website or find her on Facebook!
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