This week, The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are discussing how large family moms keep their energy up.
After all, on an average day mothers have to be
- cleaning ladies
- story tellers
And that's the short list when there's nothing else on the agenda, like teaching Sunday School, planning a vacation, or speaking at an event while your husband is out of town and having to farm the kids out to 3 different friend's houses at the last minute because your husband really thought that he was going to be home, but inclement weather pushed all his plans back and now he is in Oklahoma and the kiddies are in Texas and here you've got this speaking engagement that you committed to months ago and it just so happens that the big kids are gone to church camp, too, so they are no help.
It can be exhausting!
Unfortunately, I don't have any miracle remedy for exhaustion or special formula for energy. I mean besides Dr. Pepper. That's a given.
There are many days that I just gut it out and push myself to make it until bedtime. What I often tell the children, holds true for me too. "It doesn't have to be fun, it just has to be done."
There are lots of things to get done in a day which must be done, like diapers and milking, and being too tired just isn't an option.
I do have a few ways of ensuring that I have the energy I need to get through each day.
- Get enough sleep. I do best on 8 hours.
- Have a daily nap time. Mom can take a nap or just rest and think some thoughts without being needed for an hour.
- Drink enough water. I tend to let myself get dehydrated, and that makes me sluggish.
- Keep a healthy weight. When I am overweight, I drag around.
- Interact with other adults. I'm an extrovert, so being around others energizes me.
And that is all I have.
I don't take vitamins or supplements. I don't have an exercise program. (I know. Bad mother. Bad, BAD mother.)
It really is amazing though, how much you can accomplish in a day if you put your mind to it. And falling into bed at night never feels better than it does when you have had a full day.
Like this lady. No comment on whether or not I have said all of this in a single day.
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Now, be sure to visit the rest of my 4 Moms team to see how they keep their energy up.