Six Reasons Why You Feel So Tired

Ask any mother and she would tell you twenty-four hours is not enough to get everything done in one day, your job or side hustle, your kids, husband, social media are all asking for one thing from you- your attention.

Yet, you have bills to pay, house chores to take care of, meals to prepare and homework to do, not all this can be done without your involvement coupled with the need for rest and sleep.

The mere thought of all this can leave one already exhausted at the magnitude of the task ahead. New mums are the worst hit with sleepless nights, so little to eat and constant attention demands that comes with caring for a new-born.

You may wonder why you seem to be odd because other mums seem to be handling things well. It is easy to feel that the lives of others are easier than your own. The reality is that it may just be a front and not the real situation of things in their homes.

What Causes Tiredness?

Many factors can cause tiredness some of which are the following;

  1. Poor Sleeping Pattern: When you do not sleep well, you will certainly feel tired easily because you have not given your body time to recover and rejuvenate itself. Mums with babies tend to suffer from lack of sleep many times. Sometimes this situation is unavoidable yet mothers have to find time to rest. Sleep when your baby is sleeping, take short rest and get a support system from family members who are willing to help you while you take a nap.
  2. Imbalanced Diet: Busy mums, mums with little kids most times struggle to take balanced diet. A fizzy drink and cookies may just be what you grab before hitting the road, which is quite unhealthy. Bulk cook food items and refrigerate them. Make plenty of stews and soups, other complimenting meals will not take too much time to cook.
  3. Lack of Exercise: I am guilty of this because most times, I get so exhausted that adding exercise feels so burdensome. Here is a strategy I discovered lately –dancing! Yes, while doing your chores perhaps washing plates, listen to songs that inspire you then wriggle to them. Also, try going for a short work, use the stairs. These little things amount to some exercise if you do it regularly.
  4. Being Overweight: When you are overweight, you tend to feel more tired and tiredness too can lead to weight gain. Find a support group of mothers where you can share and learn about keeping fit. Start small with as little as 10 minutes daily, gradually increase it till you become comfortable with exercising.
  5. Being Dehydrated: Insufficient intake of water makes you tired; experience bad breath and skin issues. To address this, get a good water bottle and fill up with water, keep it beside you for regular intake from time to time.
  6. Worry and Anxiety: When you worry too much over what is happening or yet to happen to you; you become anxious and stressed. Stress has a huge impact on how you are feeling. To address this, you need to know that worrying would not change the situation only action does. When you feel so down, share your burdens with others, take care of yourself, eat well and drink lots of water.

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How To Settle Into Work After Taking A Baby Break

Caring for your baby can be very demanding and in itself is a full-time job.

When you eventually decide to return to work or your maternity ends, you have to consider many things and prepare emotionally and mentally for the transition. Returning to work requires a lot of support and help in order to ensure little or no stress in settling into work.

As you plan your return, you need to consider the following;

Take things easy

Your transition from home to work may not go as smooth as you think. There may be some hiccups on your part or the baby. It is a period of adjustment for everyone so prepare your mind. Many things will change in so many ways but stay calm you will push through gradually. For example, your baby may find it difficult adjusting to his crèche environment, you may find it challenging to pump at work.

Decide on the type of caregiving you want for your baby

These days it is difficult to get good caregivers, some mothers choose to have a nanny at home overtaking their baby to a crèche while others may take on the support of relatives and in-laws. Making this decision should come months or at least a week before resumption so you can test the decision and see if it suits you and your baby.

Make major changes one at a time

If possible, it would be the better for you if you do not make any major changes at the same time. For example moving to a new house when you just resumed work or choosing to wean your baby a few days to work start, as this would heighten the already stressful situation.

Try making lists to increase productivity

Now that you no longer have extra time for yourself. As a mum, you have a lot of things going through your mind, you definitely want to be on your toes and do not want to create the impression that you cannot do your job as good as before. Therefore, to up your productivity and keep your mind on track, you need to draw up the different list- daily to-do list for work and home, food timetable, chore plan and feeding/ pumping schedule.

For example, you can write down notes about what you need to take to work on your phone, leave reminder note for baby’s caregiver, use sticky notes on your computer to monitor the job you have done, save food item list in your emails for constant consultations on the go.

 Have spare pumping equipment

If you intend to keep feeding your baby breast milk and your organisation is baby friendly then you can plan to pump at work. Sometimes things do not go as planned and you need to pump ahead for your baby. To avoid desperation and sadness over missing parts of pumping equipment, you need back up, a spare that you can fall back on.

Get updates

You need to keep in touch with your child’s care provider to know how he is doing. Knowing that your child is okay gives you the inner strength to face your work squarely without any distractions.

Take some time off for your baby 

It may be difficult to get sometimes off especially when you just resumed work. If you can get a flexible time off to spend with your baby weekly or if you can’t get that you can maximize your weekends.




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