Tips for Dealing with Tiredness and Exhaustion
Many parents were told, before they became parents, how tired they would feel day-to-day… but many wouldn’t have believed it.
Tiredness is a regular state of being as soon as you become a parent. The overwhelming tiredness can feel like it has soaked right into your bones. This can sometimes lead to becoming highly irritable, the body and mind becoming slower and desperate seeking of solitude, away from the noise of loud people and children.
As parents, we find ways to deal with tiredness, because when you have kids around you are ‘on duty’. But when we’re tired, it’s hard to make it through the day without damaging our mood, relationships and job.
Most parents go through bouts of excessive tiredness where they are just plain worn out, both physically and mentally. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to get things done, and somewhere they have to fit some sleep in there as well. The tiredness constantly lingers, and some days it can be hard to handle, but there are ways to cope.
Sure, the tiredness might just pass on its own, but maybe getting active about it will help to feel less like a zombie and more like a person in full control of their life.
Here are our 4 key tips for coping with those days where the walls of the tired bubble seem to get thicker and thicker:
Moving more can actually help!
When we are tired and just sitting around, it is like the walls of the tired bubble get thicker and thicker. So getting out for a short walk with the dog, go for a casual swim, have a session in the garden; even putting some fun music on and dancing around the house whilst cleaning can lift your energy levels and help you push through the exhaustion.
Remember, being active is not only good for us, it’s good for our kids too: we are role-modeling a healthy approach to life, increasing our mood so that it flows onto our family and having them join us outside is providing them with opportunities for fresh air too!
Check out your vitamin and mineral levels
There are a hundred and one reasons why we can feel tired, but making sure that our engines are topped up can be helpful. Whether we are simply dehydrated or are deficient in iron, zinc or some other random thing that our body really needs, we’re going to be running on empty.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day and try to see a reputable doctor or naturopath to help regain happy body chemistry.
Invest in Self-Care
At no other time is it more important to invest in you than when you are depleted of energy and utterly burnt out. Making time to do something low-key that replenishes our ‘cup’ will get us through the motions of the day by improving our mood, giving us a small burst of energy and allowing us to cope with any parenthood challenges that may come.
Revisit some of our others articles if for tips and strategies to make this happen when its needed most.
Seize Opportunities for Catch-Up
When we are running extremely low on energy, sometimes creating or taking advantage of opportunities can help us to catch-up on sleep and rest.
Taking a day at the weekend for ourselves, instead of for our family/partner/kids/friends, will provide time to nap, return chaos to order in our lives and regain the energy needed to be more productive back at work and happier at home.
Also, don’t feel guilty or ashamed for asking for help or taking it from those who have already offered. If someone you know and trust offers to run an errand for you or look after the kids for just a few hours after work or on the weekend, this may be exactly what you need to boost your energy levels and return to a sense of ‘normal’.
For a parent, there are a hundred and one things to do or enjoy after the kids have gone to bed… and whilst self-care during this time is SO important, so too is sleep: super important.
Energy, focus, and attention are our greatest resources. They’re what we use to make a difference in the world, at work and at home. Protect them as best you can by taking the time you need to recharge.
If you need any help with ‘awakening’ your workforce, or would like to know more about our parent support programs, then please give us a call today on 0402 294 953. We’d love the opportunity to help!