Your baby is crying, the dishes are piling up, dirty nappies are overflowing from the bin, and you feel like you have been awake for months. It’s completely normal to feel exhausted and burnt out, especially when you have little ones that soak up every last ounce of energy you have. What’s important in those moments is to try and remind yourself that this is just temporary. But that doesn’t make it any easier we know, so here are a few tips and trick to keep under your sleeve.
Prioritising sleep is crucial for your health and for your focus. Napping whenever you can is essential in those early days; when your baby is down for a nap, you should lie down as well. Giving yourself some time to rest can prevent you from burning out. Parenting is a marathon, not a race, remember to always check-in with yourself.
Healthy eating and drinking habits are also important; having a balanced diet can make you more focused and promotes brain activity which improves your tiredness. If you need a little pick-me-up, try drinking green tea, it’s full of antioxidants and also has a small amount of caffeine, (just try not to drink it before bed or it might keep you awake).
Don’t forget to exercise as well, a 20-30 minute walk or workout can help you feel less worn out (you can even do it with your baby in the pram).
Remember that you don’t have to be the “world’s best parent”; you just have to be good enough for your baby. All your baby needs from you is love, care and food – and extra cuddles never go astray. You might get frustrated at times, and that’s fine, it’s normal, and it shows you are working hard and running on empty. But your baby doesn’t care about a clean house, fancy toys or activities. Reminding yourself that you’re doing your best, can often be the best way to avoid exhaustion. If you keep pushing yourself, you won’t be able to provide for your child.
Be open to accepting support when you need it; you cannot expect yourself to do everything. Try and find a trusted person that you feel comfortable being able to lean on. They can give you tips and advice to better yourself to make you feel less tired. Focus on the positive; it’s all worth it in the end because it’s for your baby and your family. As with anything, don’t forget to laugh, finding humour can be a cure as you release some tension, improving your tiredness. You will find the light at the end of the sleep-deprived tunnel, you are doing amazing and don’t forget it!