Nothing can be more exhausting than being a new mum. Your old sleep routine is completely out the door and the days of having a full night sleep seem so far far away.
But let’s not forget being a mum is life’s most rewarding gifts, and even though it does come with its challenges, such as mumma fatigue, there are ways around this.
We chatted with the Mynder Team, which was created by mums who understand how difficult it can be to juggle their work, family and social life, to get some top tips on how to overcome Mumma fatigue.
1) Join an exercise class with a creche
You get a break from your kids, get a workout to increase your energy and finally you get to be amongst other mums who are suffering from the same sleep deprivation as you. There is nothing better than knowing that others are in the same boat! Go Mummas!
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2) Get your husband to help out with the nightly routine
If your hubby can look after the kids after dinner and do bath time and bed without you, you can have a few hours to yourself or even get to sleep early in preparation for the midnight wakeup from your little one.
3) Use your time wisely
Outsource or do online shopping when you can. You can get most things delivered these days so utilise sitting back and ordering whatever you need at your fingertips without lugging around your screaming toddler!
4) Take Vitamins
Herbal supplements are a must in my household. If I’m feeling a bit tired – I take a multivitamin to boost my energy. If I feel like I’m coming down with a cold, I take a vitamin C supplement.
5) Take time out
Get a night off once in a while and do a staycation. Just one night away from the house/kids is all it takes to recharge your batteries. So start locking down some dates in the diary for throughout the year.
You may think ‘I barely have time to have a shower as if I’m going to have the time to sit there and do nothing’. Although I will admit that it can seem a little ‘back to front’, meditating for even 5 minutes a day allows us to really re-focus and overcome that feeling of utter exhaustion.
7) Cut back on the alcohol
That 7’O’clock glass of wine may seem harmless but did you know it’s actually adding to your fatigue. Many people think that a little nightcap will help them sleep soundly through the night. However, alcohol’s sedative effects can actually interfere with quality sleep (no thanks!).
Jenny and the team at Mynder know how hectic parenting can be. Jenny says, “Parenting is unlike any other job in the world. It’s 24hr shifts and no-one really knows who’s boss! That’s why Mynder exists, to give you a break when you need it. With the help of Mynder, and our 7 sneaky tips, you’ll be rolling in me-time. Plus, when things get rough you can always throw a tantrum – it seems to work for your toddler doesn’t it?”