The Tired Mom Fix (Besides Coffee)

To the tired Mom, you’re not alone!

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When you’re routinely running low on fumes, is it possible that you need a bigger change? Do any of these 3 areas of your life sound like something you could work on?

  • Mental
  • Physical
  • Spiritual

Over the past year or two I’ve noticed a huge change in myself. I went from the kind of Mom who would create with our son; play dough figures and paint pretty pictures. I would take him on trips to the playground. We danced a lot together. And we were always laughing together. I was the fun Mom!

And then I became a Mom of 2 more amazing little boys! My heart was so full of happiness that we all had each other. I didn’t realize I could be so in love.

….Then one day the baby was mobile. And soon they all decided that things in our house are more fun if they’re flying through the air. And messes are good. The messier, the better. And who doesn’t love a rowdy boy? I mean, if Spider-man can climb walls, why can’t they?

So, I grew tired. There is still only one of me (when my husband goes to work). Some days I want to beg him not to leave me here with all the craziness. But I don’t.

It took me a long time to realize that there is no magic fix-all for any of that. But, I needed to fix my weary self. And I knew other tired Moms need to as well. So I created the 21 Day Challenge on my Facebook page, Mommas Group. This challenge was created to help tired Moms to become positive, energized, and reconnected. And over all, the goal is for you to feel rejuvenated.

All you need is 10-20 minutes a day minimum, or more if you need it.

 

The 21 Day Challenge is split up into 3 weekly smaller goals:

Week 1: Positive Mind

Week 2: Energize Body

Week 3: Reconnect Spiritually

 

Week 1: Positive Mind

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  • Be positive (Let go of the Mom guilt)
  • Get help (Chore charts & teamwork)
  • Organize (A clean and clear house allows the same in your mind)

A big portion of us being tired is trying to do too much. Although have the world’s greatest intentions, we compare ourselves all the time. So let go of Mom guilt! Things change, and we just have to “go with the flow.”

Then, write a to-do list and divide that baby up! You can do it!

Small kids: pick up clothes and toys and dust

Preschool-aged kids: wipe table, chairs, cabinets, appliances, and windows

Kindergarten-aged kids: sweep, mop, vacuum, take care of pets, make their bed

Older kids: clean the toilet, wash dishes, and fold laundry

And lastly, clean up social media and emails (opt out of those subscriptions causing you to be distracted and unfriend negative people). Then organize an area of your house that really needs attention. It may just free up that nagging feeling every time you see that mess!

 

Week 2: Energize Body

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Make sure you’re putting nutritious food into your body. And swap out the juice and pop for water. Keep healthy snacks on hand like almonds, berries, apples, carrot sticks, cut up celery and cucumbers…. Making simple switches can dramatically change how you feel.

Enjoy a detox bath with essential oil and epsom salt (only try this once this week, while drinking plenty of water). 20 minutes of exercise per day will get your blood circulating and release endorphins, which is alsoo a plus. You’re looking for a good sweat, though, to detox. Make sure to hydrate well!

No skimping on sleep either. You need 7-9 hours! According to sleepfoundation.org, the right amount of sleep can regulate your mood, hormones, immune system, and also improves cognitive function and memory. Still tired? Take a 10-20 minute mid-day nap to freshen-up!

 

Week 3: Reconnect Spiritually

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  • Reconnect inwardly (meditation, yoga, tranquil music, quiet time…)
  • Reconnect spiritually (daily devotions, prayer, music, thought-provoking,faith-based movies)

This is probably the most important week. Try one of the many different types of meditation. Also, set aside some quiet time for thoughts and focus.

You may also read daily devotions. I have a book called “Jesus Calling,” which I feel that I can apply to my every day life. And even more straight-forward- you can and should set aside some time for prayer. Even enjoy Christian music or movie!

These should all guide you into a stronger spirituality, which will then make you a stronger Mom. I mean, who is able to always handle stress on their own? It’s nice to turn to faith when we are feeling extra blessed, and sometimes when we are desperate!

 

Want to start your 21 Day Challenge for rejuvenation?

HERE are 3 printouts, that go week-by-week.

 

Week 1: Positive Mind

Week 2: Energize Body

Week 3: Reconnect Spiritually

 

 

If you feel that you’d get the most from combining all 3 weeks tasks throughout the whole 21 days (instead of split up week by week), then feel free to choose items off of each list that would be challenging and helpful.

Example of how to combine all for 21 days: 

  • List positives & Do something for yourself
  • Drink more water & Rest for 10-20 minutes mid-day
  • Read Daily Devotions & Listen to Christian music

Set aside 10-20 minutes of alone time in the morning, mid-day, and evening.

Morning: read daily devotional, while getting a head start on drinking water

Mid-day: rest 10-20 minutes, list positives in life

Evening: Take a bubble bath while listening to Christian music

 

You don’t have to be a tired Mom any more. Sometimes you skimp on what you need because of what your family needs. But a Mom who has been taken care of, can also take care of her family.

 

 

 

 

 

*I am not a doctor. Please always consult with your physician first to address mental or physical health needs!

2 Replies to “The Tired Mom Fix (Besides Coffee)”

  1. Wow you sound SO on the ball and it’s amazing you’ve been about to think and create this which no doubt will help other mums out there (: I hope you’ve managed to find a better and more positive balance! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I really feel that stories of trial and overcoming are great help to others. Without those, we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves.

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