I’m pretty much a past master at dealing with exhaustion, having not slept through the night for 5 years. However, it’s not really as bad as it sounds and only sometimes gets as bad as I described a couple of months ago. In my situation, it isn’t a case of changing the kids, it’s more about dealing with it, and still enjoying my life.
I know when I’m exhausted because I want to shout at people/kids or cry. That is the sign that it’s gone too far. The emotional side to it can get thoroughly overwhelming, so I always recommend that we focus on supporting our bodies first of all. If the body feels as good as it can, considering the lack of sleep, then it will help us to keep our emotions more balanced as well.
I was particularly reminded of this recently, because things had improved, and so rather cockily I had stopped taking the supplements I listed below. Suddenly things got worse (Little Dimples at 15 months has decided to develop molars; Oh joy), and I was absolutely knackered, like someone had let all my energy down the drain. I was thinking which of my exhaustion tips to publish this week, when I realised that I hadn’t yet published this one, and oh yes, had actually not been taking my magic potion (see point 1) for a couple of weeks because Ocado has stopped stocking it. So I’m back on it, and perking up already.
(Please note, I am not a doctor, these are not meant to replace being sensible and going to the doctor. If you have any medical issues, please check with your doctor before trying anything that you haven’t done before).
Things that keep the body going are:
- Floradix – this is a magical iron and mineral supplement, which makes a huge difference to me. Pricey and for some reason it’s no longer available from sainsburies or Boots or Ocado. But you can get it from a health food shop and other chemists (My local health food shop in Radlett sells it)
- Blueberries – seriously, I had a mate who visited once every couple of weeks, and I found that although we worked all day and I was tired, I seemed to be fine the next day. Then I realised that she came with a big packet of blueberries, and I got the same results if I bought my own.
- Drinking water/squash – if your body doesn’t get it’s 8 glasses of water a day it thinks it’s in a desert: enough said!
- Bathing in Epsom Salts – you buy a huge bag from a health shop and pop 2 cup full’s in a bath. It helps MASSIVELY with the sense of overwhelm. It also helps to ensure that you get 1hr alone each week.
- Not too much chocolate – If I eat too much I get a headache and feel worse. I’m not cutting it out, because it works for me right now, it’s just about limiting it daily, just as it is wise to limit caffienne and fizzy drinks.
- 15 min walk – I mentioned last week how fresh air always helps. I’m not talking about running or anything strenuous that might tip your body over the edge, just a brisk walk every day.
- Massage/Reflexology – I’m a big proponent of massage or reflexology. Even if you can only afford it once a month or less, you can do some yourself or find people in training you are cheaper.
- Omega 3,6 and 9 oils keep my brain more in order than it is without!
- Vitamins – as I’m still breastfeeding, I am taking pregnacare, because as much as I love Little Dimples, I know that she is basically a parasite sucking all the nutrients out of me.
- 5 fruit/veg a day – it takes a little effort, but is worth it, and I can feel the difference when I don’t manage it for a couple of days.
Not all of these things are cheap, but I suppose that being nearly 42 I’ve prioritised my health a bit higher up my list now, so it just means not doing something else. Feel free to add your recommendations for people below, every little helps!
For more ideas …..
You might like to check out the rest of my tips on dealing with exhaustion.
UPDATE February 2012 – I’ve also just started a whole series on ‘Healthy Eating For Rubbish Cooks‘ which will take you through the most simple and basic nutrition that you need to know and some simple recipes.
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