Having a newborn can feel like a full-time job (and then some). Between nightly feeds, changing and trying to make time to look after yourself, your to-do list might seem pages long! While adjusting to life with your new bundle of joy is an exciting time, it’s easy to feel like your energy levels are at an all-time low.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help you survive the day. Here are our top tips to help you perk up and make the most out of your day.
It’s easy to feel like you have a never-ending to-do list as a new mum. However, being disorganised can often lead you to feel more tired, resulting in tasks taking longer than they need to. One of the easiest ways to keep stress from spiralling out of control is to get into the habit of listmaking.
Try and jot down a list of everything you have to do. Breaking it down into bite-sized chunks makes it easier to tackle everything on your schedule. A daily to-do list is often the simplest way to manage your day-to-day. By writing lists, you can reduce the amount of time you spend thinking, leaving you feeling more energised and productive. Plus, it’s a great way to make sure you tick off everything you need to!
Set aside some ‘you’ time
The best way to boost your energy is to take a break. We know, as a new mum, this sounds impossible – it’s not like you can get your baby to stick to a schedule. However, ‘you’ time can look like whatever you need it to!
It can be a few extra minutes to rub in a luxurious moisturiser or splash some skincare on your face. If you find carving out the time isn’t feasible, try and combine small things you love with your chores. Try popping on an audiobook while you tackle the dishes or fold the washing!
Get a good-quality sleep
Often easier said than done, it’s normal for your sleep to be disrupted as a new mum. While your days of sleeping in and undisturbed nights may seem like they’re long gone, sometimes improving the quality of your sleep can help give you a much-needed energy boost.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your precious time in bed:
- Switch off your phone and limit exposure to screens before bed.
- Pop on a guided meditation to help you relax.
- Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day.
- Create a restful environment. Block-out lights, set the temperature, and invest in quality bedding.
- Avoid caffeine after lunchtime.
Don’t forget to fuel up on good foods
It’s common for new mums to put self-care on the back burner – especially when you devote your time to looking after others. However, keeping a little bit of self care for yourself can do wonders for your energy levels.
One of the easiest ways is to look at what you’re fuelling your body with. Frequent, well-balanced meals are just what you need. While putting effort into your meals may seem draining, it’s the little things that count. Start by upping your protein, carbs and veggies and including them in each and every meal..
Did you know dehydration is one of the main causes of fatigue? Drinking water is pivotal if you’re a new mum, as it promotes blood flow which helps you stay energised. If you aren’t the biggest fan of water, try brewing a pot of iced tea. Plus, you can look into drinks that will help give you an energy boost naturally like a cold glass of tangy lemon water or even an energy-boosting wellness tea.
Exercise as much as you can
Exercising may be the last thing you want to do, but it’s super important for your health as a new mum. It’s important to take care of your body as you recover – so don’t push yourself too hard. Instead, aim to take a short walk every day, or follow an online gentle yoga class from your backyard. Every little bit counts, so even if you’ve only got five minutes to spare, make sure you’re moving.
Exercising releases endorphins which make you feel more energised, so whenever you feel like a wave of tiredness is about to hit you, get your runners on and start moving.
Don’t overwork yourself
At this time of adjustment, it’s important to make sure you take it easy on yourself. Take each day one step at a time, and only do as much as you can. Some days, you’ll have a constant surge of energy, whilst other days all you’ll want to do is slump on the couch.
Don’t overwork yourself, and show yourself compassion, even if you didn’t achieve everything you needed to. Parenthood is a lot of work, and even on your bad days, you’re doing a great job. Keep in mind that it’s always okay to ask for help, too! Whether it’s your friends, a loved one, or a domestic service like a cleaner – there are plenty of options for you.
Next time you’re feeling overwhelmingly tired, try out one of these tips to help regain your energy – and don’t forget to embrace where you’re at. Parenthood doesn’t last forever, so enjoy these moments, no matter how draining they may be.