Parenthood is hard work! Add homeschooling to the mix and us moms definitely have our hands full. So it makes sense that you will be tired from time to time. However, if you find yourself tired all the time – or just plain exhausted – then there are some things you can try to give yourself more energy.
Here are 8 Tips for a Tired Homeschool Mom:
1. Sleep – Are you sleeping well?!? Sleep is important! It’s important for our kids and it’s important for us. I’ve entered a stage of life where I’m not sleeping as well and it has made a huge impact on my energy during the day. In order to get some sleep, I resorted to taking a sleep aid for awhile… until I read a study which said that taking that sleep aid for an extended period of time puts me more at risk for developing dementia!
Now, I’m trying to take Melatonin, Valerian Root, and a high dose of Chelated Magnesium before going to bed. My doctor said that these were all good choices… but that if I still struggle with sleeping after a few weeks that there are things she can prescribe which would be better for me than the over-the-counter sleep aid I was taking before.
Do some research, check with your doctor, and do whatever you can to get your sleeping in order. This will have one of the biggest impacts on your energy level during the day!
2. Food – Are you eating right? This is a hard one for busy moms. We’re focused so much on our families that sometimes we don’t do what’s best for ourselves. Lots of moms grab something quick instead of making wise choices at meal times. Or even worse, sometimes breakfast and/or lunch are skipped altogether!
We need good food to fuel our bodies. I have learned this lesson the hard way over and over. When I eat healthy meals and snacks, I feel so much better for it. Junk food tastes good in my mouth – but it doesn’t feel good in my stomach. Our kids need healthy food and so do we!
3. Multivitamin – It’s pretty much impossible to get all of the nutrients our body needs throughout the day through food. Taking a quality multivitamin is a simple way to be sure you’re fueling your body properly.
4. Supplements – There are lots of supplements which can help you to feel more energetic throughout the day.
- Vitamin D – Living in Michigan, there are times of the year when it’s very cloudy and we don’t get to see much of the sun. Taking Vitamin D during these times definitely helps to counteract my lethargy.
- Chelated Magnesium – This is required for over 300 biochemical reactions throughout the day including turning glucose into energy. If you’re feeling tired, you may have a slight magnesium deficiency. Women need 300mg a day and men need 350mg.
- L-Tyrosine – This is an amino acid which can help to counteract stress. If you’re feeling stressed on a regular basis, you will also feel tired because your body has a finite amount of chemicals which help us to combat it. L-Tyrosine produces adrenaline and dopamine which helps to protect us from stress.
Again, you should check with your doctor if you want to add supplements to your diet. She may have some great ideas for you to try for your specific situation.
5. Drink water – Did you know that if you are slightly dehydrated that will make you feel lethargic? Drink a tall, cool glass of water and see if your energy level picks up. Our bodies require a lot more water than they usually get. Aim to drink half as many ounces as the number of pounds you weigh. For example, if you weigh 150lbs then attempt to drink 75oz of water each day.
6. Check with your doctor – If you’re tired in the morning even after a good night’s sleep, you should check with your doctor. She can do a simple blood test to see if your thyroid is functioning properly and to check for anemia. Thyroid function often goes down after childbirth and also during perimenopause. I have hypothyroidism and I’m very grateful for the medication which helps me to be less tired!
7. Exercise – Yes, exercise helps us all to feel more energetic. I’m not advocating crazy amounts of exercise – but taking a 20 or 30 minute walk every day or so will help to increase your energy level. I have gotten out of the habit of taking walks this winter and I definitely feel the difference.
8. Take time for yourself – When we’re busy we tend to drop everything we’re doing for ourselves. As homeschoolers, we’re quite often so focused on our kids and on their education that we rarely make any time for activities that we enjoy.
It’s important to try to carve out a little bit of time so that you can read a book for pleasure, paint a picture, go for a walk, take a bubble bath, or engage in some other leisure activity which can help you to recharge your batteries. This is especially important if you are in introvert! Ask your spouse or a close friend to help keep you accountable in this area.
Question: How about you? Do you have any tips you can share for helping to energize you throughout the day? Please leave a comment below.