I know that most moms can relate to this. It seems that I’ve been tired since I started having children. I remember several years ago mentioning it to our family physician. He laughed and said, “Kimberly, you have 5 children under the age of 5, I would be concerned if you weren’t tired.”
But I don’t like being tired all. the. time. And now, it just seems….worse. Like waking in the morning and wondering how long it will be until I can go back to sleep.
It could certainly be that I’m just getting older (I’ll be 40 next year).
It could be that 15+ years of nursing and/or being pregnant is catching up with me.
It could that being a wife and a homeschooling momma to ten, while trying remain active in our church, help Mark with his vision of a Christian community, get our house ready to sell, search for a place to buy and maintain a blog, all in the middle of the kid’s cross country season is just maxing me out.
It could simply be that my body is longing for the undisturbed sleep at night that it hasn’t gotten in well over a year.
Whatever it is, it’s gotten to the point that I’m tired of being tired and have been working hard to find ways to increase my energy.
Here’s what I’m doing:
I’m exercising regularly. Currently, I’m on week 5 of the Couch to 5K running program. I love it and look forward to running, can’t believe I just typed that but it’s true, I look forward to running! I was doing other things before that and while I have energy I still feel tired. (Does that even make sense?)
We’re really working on eating healthier. None of the bad stuff, more of the good stuff. We recently added two 16 oz. glasses of fresh fruit/veggie juice everyday. We’ll continue incorporating Nourishing Traditions suggestions and I’m ordering Eat Fat, Lose Fat and plan on implementing some of those suggestions also.
I’m trying to stabilize my sleep schedule. I’m working to have a consistent bedtime. Getting up is not a problem but sometimes I go to sleep too early and sometimes too late.
I’m doing the next thing. Whether I’m tired or not, whether I feel like it or not, I’m still a mom and I don’t want to miss out on what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m thankful that it’s just tired and not something serious.
How do you combat tiredness?