Today’s guest post comes from Zara Lewis, a contributing blogger for High Style Life and full time mama of two little ones. She is sharing with us ways that can help us relax and recharge for our every day lives.
I hope you find them helpful!
How to Recharge Your Super Parent Energy Levels
There’s no Church big enough in this world to grant our children the blessings we hope they get through life or a force strong enough to take them away from us, who love them most.
Caring for these little human beings is probably one of the most gratifying things in the world; such a powerful task to entrust a human with that sometimes it feels out of our reach. They are everything to us, the whole universe. And when they smile at you for no reason? That’s where the magic happens! But, they are exhausting. Completely and utterly exhausting. After a while their needs become yours and you can’t tell the two apart. Not to mention sleeping over three hours becomes more of a goal than a routine. There are days when I’m simply unable to think straight from all the work I’ve to do after my kids. Sleeping it off is not an option. And I thought I was a failure for not being able to make it all happen… luckily, I talked to other moms, and realized – we’re all in this mess together.
So, it’s a live or die situation now – either learn to refill your batteries or the kids will turn the house upside down – and your life.
To all of you fabulous moms who have no idea what’s what and where’s where, I am giving you a few great tips that will help you recharge and take things in control – they worked for me!
Eat a Snack
No, there isn’t a magical pill that’ll refill your energy bars, not yet at least. The best you can do is grab a snack to get your energy peaking again. A bit of dark chocolate is your best bet; not only does it taste great but it will give you a boost big enough to survive sane until bedtime. As a bonus, you are having a healthy snack not a piece of fried garbage (we’ve all been tempted!). Enjoy the taste and get ready for the chaos to ensue.
Take a Break
Even though there isn’t much room to take a nap in the middle of the day, you should try to squeeze it in somehow. A short power nap can revitalize you so that you feel energized again. Better yet, drink a cup of coffee and take your energy nap; this way, you’ll wake up just in time for the coffee buzz kicks in. Many times has it saved my soul, believe you me! It does sound weird, but it works!
In And Out of the Shower
There’s no time to lose, especially when you have a toddler on the loose (you probably know what I am talking about) – you either find a way to get your strength back, or you won’t do any parenting right. While your kid is taking a short nap or eating a healthy snack, pop into the shower and start singing. Don’t forget to set a timer, because like all of us exhausted moms, you won’t feel like getting out. A ten-minute shower will do.
Drink a Tall Glass of Water
We’re all made up of mostly water, which is why we should drink plenty of it; otherwise, we would dehydrate. A tall glass of water when you feel out of it, and you’ll instantly feel refreshed. Even more so, this will serve as a great role model for your kids as well, as they will start drinking water too. Don’t use all of your energy at once, though.
No matter how low on energy you feel, getting a workout will charge you right up. Although I live outside the city and have lots of chances for country walks, every time I feel like I can’t go on, I just give a call to my personal trainer in Adelaide and we hit it up. When I’m done with my routine, there’s nothing that can stop me, not even my over-energized kids. Remember to keep the workout light, so that you don’t spend yourself too much.
Parenting is tough, and you must be ready to spend more of your energy than you really have. Not to worry, there are easy ways to refill a portion of it at least, and help you last until beddy-bye time. It’s best to mix it up and use various ways to stay revitalized – at least that’s what I’ve learnt so far from trying to keep up with my kids.
How do you recharge your super parent energy levels?
I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Cynthia L says
These are all great tips. When my daughter was younger, we would go for a walk. Being outside seemed to calm us both and relax us to. So no matter what the weather, we made time for our walk
Liz Mays says
Ah this is helpful. I was actually feeling pretty drained today. I’ll have to use these tips if that happens tomorrow!
carissa garabedian says
Yes! exercise, water and snacks do recharge you! On a GREAT day , a nap would be the icing. I love your ideas and think we all need to try them more often!
These are all useful tips. I use most of these! I find that I need to take a day to myself sometimes to recharge.
Alicia Taylor says
I love that you included exercise in this list. When my energy reserves are low, I find a good workout refills them. Our bodies were definitely made to move.
I find a quick 15 minute nap in the middle of the day to be fantastic for getting my energy back. That is…when I remember to limit it to 15 minutes!