How to Recover After a Sleepless Night with the Kids
Okay, so, coffee is my thing. I’ve hit the hard space where I can’t seem to function without it. Although I love my sweet hazelnut delight, there are even more ways to recover after a sleepless night with the kids. In this post, I’ll explain how I made it past these rough patches and what methods I used to virtually eliminate them. Are you ready to talk the end of sleep deprivation? Because mama, here we go!
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This is not a sleep training post.
First and foremost, this is NOT a sleep training post. Additionally, this post will not teach you how to let your newborn cry it out. In fact, this post has generally nothing to do with your child; but instead, is specifically focused on you. This post is for the mom that can’t sleep due to anxiety. Yep, it’s about that twitch that won’t go away. The largest elephant in the room and the one thing that turns every night into a sleepless night with the kids. So, if you’re ready to open up about it, I’ve got some pretty helpful tips just for you.
I am not a doctor or a trained medical professional. The items discussed in this post were examples that worked for me. Individual results may vary.
Anxiety is a fixation
To deconstruct the term anxiety, I relate the phrase to a fixation. It’s the uncontrollable recycling of one single thought. Obviously, the thought is bad and by being fixated on it, we put ourselves through hostility. Everyone’s level of anxiety is different, as well as the duration. When I have a sleepless night with the kids, it’s usually because I’m worried and can’t find peace.
We all know that motherhood can cause us to worry, but understanding more about my anxiety is my way of dealing with it. If I keep repeating the logical facts in my head, then the fixation starts to ease. By recognizing my behavior and triggers, before I start looping, I can usually catch myself.
Things that lessen anxiety
I don’t talk about anxiety a lot on this blog. Primarily, my focus is on how I spend my days freelancing. But the truth is, this is another part of my lifestyle. I am human just like everyone else. There are things that accelerate my anxiety, as well as things that lessen it. Here are a few:
- Unplug from electronics- This includes cell phones, computers, and television. Sit still quietly and let your brain dump all of the static.
- Talk to you family members- Open up and let someone know what you’re going through. There is no reason you should feel alone.
- Cut things from your schedule- Does too much work, or activity, get to you? Try to remove some of it from your schedule.
- Go to a quieter environment- When I’m overwhelmed, the best thing I can do is stop the noise.
5 Tips to recover the next day
We’ve all been there. It’s tough to parent when all you want to do is sleep. Sometimes, it’s just not an option. Here are some tips to get past the fatigue.
1: Get hydrated
One of the best things I do is give my body lots of water. When I’m low on energy, it’s important for me to stay hydrated. Not only does this make me feel better, but it also keeps my body flowing smoothly as well. I talk about our family water system in this post here, in case you’re curious.
2: Lighten up your workload
It’s hard for me to concentrate after I haven’t slept. I try my best to lighten my workload for that day. Additionally, I make sure to use all of my blogging tools, like Grammarly, if I find myself in a pinch to type. It’ll point out my writing mistakes in a breeze, so I can do the things that can’t wait. If you’re not a freelancer, or can’t set your own schedule that’s ok, too. Just do what you can, safely, and even ask a coworker to assist if necessary.
3: Keep the kids busy with independent play
On days when I’m not feeling my best, I keep the kids busy with independent play. The activities I give them vary but they are primarily indoor or low key activities. Legos, army soldiers, tea party sets, they all work wonders.
4: Raise your nutrient levels up
When I’m dead tired, I eat lighter, nutrient-dense foods. I try to avoid things with a high sugar content since those types of food will inevitably cause me to crash. Salmon or protein-packed chicken are my top choices, as well as plenty of nuts and greek yogurts.
5: Put cool moisturizers on your face
Nothing refreshes me more than putting some cool moisturizer on my face. Usually, I’ll do a combo pack. I’ll start by putting my favorite facial cream and a bottle of vitamin C serum in the fridge. Next, I’ll wait 30 minutes and then apply. It totally wakes up my face and helps deal with the puffiness after having a sleepless night with the kids.
When to ask for help…
If you find that you are having a sleepless night with the kids on most days, it may be time to ask for help. Perhaps winding down with them during their bedtime routine will change things. Also, consider visiting your doctor to see that your thyroid or other levels are not off. We’ve all had our occasional rough nights, and hopefully, it is not the norm.
Do you have other tips or suggestions? Leave me a comment below. And as always, remember that there is a time for everything, even sleep.