A new little person, adorable smiles, and cute little coos now light up your world. But let’s face it – so does fatigue, and a total upheaval with the way you are used to doing things. Some days she’ll nap peacefully, and you’ll dart around like a rock star cleaning your house, running errands, and working out in between caring for her. Other days, she’ll fuss, go on nap strike and projectile poop on your face as you bend down to toss a wipe in the trash. You win some, you lose some.
Hopefully you mentally prepared yourself beforehand to know that the bulk of time you’d spend either exercising, sleeping, or taking care of yourself falls to the wayside now that you have this new and amazing little person to look after. But it is important to keep your energy up and to take care of YOU, and it is possible to do even in consolidated amounts of time. It just requires some readjustment. And while this post is geared toward those who just had babies, it also really applies to anyone looking to naturally boost energy throughout the day. So even if no one pooped in your direction today, give these tips a read.
Top Five Natural Ways to Quickly Boost Energy While Taking Care of a Baby
Start your day with juice. Juicing is fast, easy, and healthy, so just force yourself to pull your juicer out of the cabinet and start using it. You know you want to. Bonus points if you can clear a space on your counter and make a home for it. It’s easier to make it part of your routine when it’s convenient (and staring you in the face every day, silently judging you for not using it.). My favorite recipe is this energizing morning juice, with apples, pears, carrots, celery, and ginger. This will get you moving, without the coffee crash. I’ve been adding to this a scoop of hemp protein.
Yoga stretches. While you may not have time to do a full blown workout routine, do some yoga stretches during those few minutes here and there while the baby is napping, or while you lie next to her on a play mat. It’s a great way to naturally boost your energy up while taking care of a newborn. You don’t have to be a Betsy Buddha to do this; even those who don’t normally practice yoga can benefit from a few simple stretches. Doing so not only re-energizes your muscles and gets your blood flowing, but it also calms your mind. Google search for a few stretches. One of my favorite, free site for yoga videos is www.doyogawithme.com. And if you absolutely don’t want to do yoga, do a few reps of leg lifts, lunges, bicycles…you get the idea.
Walk (even if around the mall). I try to get out every morning before the sun is too hot (around 10 AM) to go for a walk with Penelope, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. (Although, with Fall on the way, this will get easier.) If I don’t get out until later, I head to the mall and do laps in the AC. Bonuses of this include people watching, baby weight removal and a good opportunity for your little bean to take a nap. If you’re worried about the urge to spend, just leave your wallet in the car.
Exercise your MIND. Yes, you have a baby, but remember that you are a person too. The better you care for yourself, the better you can care for your new bundle. Hopefully you are in a situation where you have another care provider, such as a spouse, parent, or in-law who can keep an eye on your little one a few times a week for even an hour or so. If you do, and are comfortable with this person, take this time and — USE IT. Be confident your child is safe and focus on whatever it is you are doing for yourself, whether it’s a creative outlet, a pedicure, reading a book, or staring into space at the coffee shop. Don’t feel guilty about it. When you come back refreshed you’ll feel much better, and so will everyone else.
Drink. Water, that is. Always keeping a full container of water with you will keep you hydrated and energized all day and help flush out your system. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s even more important to drink it all day long. And while we’re on the topic of drinking, a glass of wine here and there never hurt anyone, either – just be mindful of when you have a glass if you’re breastfeeding.
I didn’t add “nap when the baby naps” on this list because a.) it’s obvious; and b.) it’s nearly impossible. But one other thing I will add here is to TALK things out with others who can relate. I feel lucky that I have several friends who just had babies or are pregnant now, and being able to talk to them has helped us all benefit from each other’s tips and experiences, while providing some much needed sanity and definitely some laughs.