Are you exhausted by nap time?
I don't know about you, but come 1 o'clock, I am just over it. I've heated up a single cup of coffee 5 times, made at least 2 meals and set out a few snacks, went through the morning pet feeding routine and chores, cleaned up toys and the kitchen table twice, unloaded the dishwasher from yesterday's meals, started a load of laundry (that I will never manage to complete past the drying phase), cleaned up one kid who got in to who knows what, and if I'm lucky, managed to get the baby down for a nap.
I am exhausted! And 3 o'clock doesn't look much better!
I knew I had to do something! I needed some self-care or a better routine, or just a simple pick-me-up, to help me do more than just survive the day wondering if it's too late for coffee or too early for alcohol. So I asked some of my other mom friends what worked for them.
Here are 8 tips for getting through the mid-day rut!
- Take a NAP! Donna Ryan, founder and CEO of Birth Boot Camp says, "why fight it?!"
- Quiet time. If you can't get a nap in, simply having some peace and quiet, for both mom and kids, and staying well hydrated, is Bevin's go to! Jasmine of Dancing Elephant Designs (check out her custom b-day invites!) swears by this, saying she can be he most productive by encouraging quiet time and honing in on her business to-dos as a wahm.
- Chocolate! Because chocolate makes everything better right!
- Implement a speed clean and include the kids! Set a timer to go off at a few random times throughout the day where everyone does a fast pick up for 2-5 minutes. Outside of this time, don't sweat the small stuff.
- A pick me up drink. Sarah Clark, author of Mama Birth, who can frequently be found on Mothering, can't get enough of her Yerba Mate. Could I just indulge in that glass of wine calling my name? It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?!
- Beth Dickerson, a Birth Boot Camp Doula, encourages making sure your iron count is high.
- Use a list! Do you ever wonder just what you accomplished? Make a list at the beginning of your day with what you plan to get done. Include the everyday stuff because there is something so gratifying about crossing items off a list and seeing your success.
- Get out of the house! There are definitely days when we just wake up crabby. Drop the house chores and to-dos, forget the laundry, call up a friend and head out for an impromptu play date or zoo trip. Bonus points if you can enjoy the sunshine.