Exhausted all the time

Francine - posted on 01/11/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Being a working mother with long hours I find that I have no energy to make dinner, clean up my house, or even want to spend time with my children once I'm off work, is there any tips from you other lovely working moms could give to not be so exhausted after work?

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Jill - posted on 01/15/2013

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Yes. I have the same exact issue. I found taking time to plan out my day the night before was crazy helpful. That way the next day I could sort of "Autopilot" myself just by executing the "To Do" list. But it is critical you give yourself a little extra time for each task.

Ironically enough, I found that focusing on making time to get dinner on the table and spend a little time with my kids was a great use of what little time I had. They grow up so unbelievably fast that you blink and its over. And there are so many studies showing how important it is to have meals with your kids. Carving out that time made me feel more connected and less harried - and like a better mom. I found a cheap meal planning service that has low calorie breakfasts, lunches, desserts, dinners - that can all be on the table in like 20 minutes. That was a huge help to me and was worth the $1/month. I dropped 20 pounds too. Which gave me more energy (Shrinking On A Budget Meal Plans).

The cleaning I leave until the weekend. I feel feeding my kids and spending time with them is more important than the house being neat during the week. I would also get all our clothes ready for the entire week on the weekend. As well as plan out our meals and do any prep work ahead of time that I could. I think anything you can do on the weekend to make yourself less frantic during the week would help you a lot. Put your kids to work helping make that happen on the weekends.

Kiya - posted on 01/12/2013

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Yes greens are great for energy all day it's natural and it gives you your daily servings of fruits and veggies! It also alkalines your body which fights off sickness and disease. Great for kids too! You can find it on my website https://kiyaamadi.myitworks.com/Home

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User - posted on 02/03/2013

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I hear you ladies. Saturday and Sunday are my fun days with the kids and my catch up days for housework. I honestly didn't know how crazy it would be especially with twins. I have my good and bad days. Going out does help a lot. My problem is getting dad to see how important family days are. He spends time with the kids on the weekdays but Friday Night usually I get some time alone or with friends while he stays with the kids. Saturday is his day but finding the balance is hard for him. I have learned to just take things as they come. I would love if there weren't so much stuff to do but it comes with the territory. Twins are no joke! But I am blessed and have to remember that on my most tired and rritable days :) deep down I know I rock and so does everyone else posting. We are truly amazing. The movie "I don't know how she does it" with Sarah Jessica Parker is amazing! Helps me when I'm lonely or exhausted :)

Irene - posted on 01/29/2013

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With 5 children, 3stepkids and 2 of my own (we have them all fulltime) I Have come to the conclusion that we cannot do it all, my husband helps here and there but I still do mostly everything, I get them all up and ready for school and pick them up after school(they go to afterschool care, which ends right when I get off work so it helps), did I mention come home to cook hehehe, but my house is not always clean and I don't feel bad for it, I do what I can.....I also prefer to spend time with the kids, also Saturday and Sunday are the days I get caught up with everything including Laundry. And Coffee does wonders :)

Darlajean - posted on 01/24/2013

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Yes, I take a salad bar in a capsule. I have lots of energy now. I love my new found health.

Darlajean - posted on 01/22/2013

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I remember those days. I raised 5 children and it seemed once I got through my day I had the evening as well like lost of us Mom's Our jobs are 24 hours a day we do get very exhausted and need to the best that we can be. We hold our whole house hold in our hands, we have a very important job and we are good at what we do!. I am a wife, mother, CEO of the Household, Personal Chef, {clients may consist of picky eaters}, Head Cheerleader, Housekeeper, Taxi Driver {don’t expect to receive any tips}, Judge Mom {daily court appearances}, PhD in Anger Management, Hair Stylist {mostly consists of impatient clients}, Bed-wetting Patrol Squad, Keeper of Secrets {shh I won’t tell}, Food Tester, Wellness Consultant, fruit & vegetable officer enforcement, Farmer, horse trainer, barnyard foremen, Family Therapist {innervations at least once a week}, nurse, Toddler Wrestling Coach, Errand Runner, Laundry Machine Operator, Janitor, Teacher {specializing in nursery rhythms, ABC’s and 123′s},Toy Repair Expert {fixer of the little parts},Finance Manager, Art Director {remember; beauty is in the eye of the beholder}, Land Scraper {the weeds won’t pull themselves}, Potty Trainer, Search and Rescue {for lost toys}, Champion Tickler, Lifeguard, Daycare Provider, Personal Assistant for the entire family, No-Thumb Sucking Enforcer, Wardrobe Stylist {this may consists of changing your client’s clothes several times a day}, Personal Shopper, Toothbrush Inspector, PTA Mom, Play-date Coordinator, Birthday Events Director, Sleep Scientist {will consist of many overnight studies}, Scary Monster Patrol Officer, Dramatic Story Teller, Backyard Safety Patrol, Professional Singer {concentrating on lullabies}, Boo-Boo Fixer, Kiss and Hugs Expert, Speech Specialist, Vacation Coordinator & Tour Guide, PhD in Reverse Psychology, Separation Anxiety Counselor, In-Law Mediator, Seamstress of Frilly Dresses and Super Hero Costumes, Mrs. Fix-It, Fort Engineer, Stain Removal Expert, Bodyguard, Lady MacGyver, care giver, teacher, animal control. We are highly quantitative professional and we need to stay well and healthy and have lots of energy. A dear friend can to once when I was sharing with her I don't have the energy and I am wore out. I needed more energy and I needed to take better care of myself. I love my friend for sharing with a me a easier way to be healthier and I can have the energy to be my best.

Stacey - posted on 01/18/2013

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Girl, me too!! Heck I'm on a leave if absence from work and I still feel exhausted!! I am lucky in a way. We moved in with my father back in August and my sister and nephew live here as well so sometimes I get a break from cooking. All though my sister isn't much of a cook so I'd almost rather cook myself. I had to have back surgery back in November so I can't do a lot until the bone graft heals and I have found sitting around all day is exhausting believe it or not. I am amazed I'm at the point I want to get back to work. I work at a pharmacy so I'm on my feet all day so I don't think my doctor is ready to let me go back anytime soon. When I was working full time I never felt like doing anything and when I had a day off I just didn't have the motivation to do everything that needed to get done. Get your kids to help out with housework as much as possible. Even if they're very young they can help pick up toys or put away clothes.

Jeannie - posted on 01/16/2013

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For me, exhaustion is more a state of mind than a state of being. I have my up days and then my down days. I work nights (my son is 16 months) and there are days when I come home and am so tired I could fall asleep at the drop of a hat and other days I'm wired, yet still tired, and ready to tackle household duties and spending time with my son. But, overall I think it's more a mental mindset. The better out look I have on my day the less exhausted I feel. Staying positive and focusing on smaller parts of larger tasks helps me. Try uplifting/upbeat music, meditation or prayer throughout the day. Oh, and lots of coffee! ;) Good luck momma!

Loretta - posted on 01/15/2013

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If you have a child under the age of 3, it may be more of a matter of enduring this time period than fixing it. It takes about that long for our bodies to fully recover from pregnancy and childbirth--not to mention how interrupted your sleep is during those years! As my youngest nears her 4th birthday, though, I am finally finding that I can get a little energy when my diet is good (lots of veggies!), I am taking vitamins, and drinking lots of water, and getting as much sleep as I possibly can (which is not always much since I work nights). During the earlier days, I actually cooked for the whole week one weekend evening every week after everyone else was sleeping. I would make a couple pans of chicken breasts, a cooker of brown rice, a pot of pasta, chop fresh peppers and cucumbers, sometimes a casserole that I would make but put in the fridge instead of baking--things like that. This was the only way my family was fed--I did not have the energy or the time to make any food during the week. Now my husband has gone back to school, so after working all night, I am with my 3 year old until afternoon. I am usually more tired sitting at the house, so we often keep on the move--to the library, the playground in good weather, gymnastics class, walking in the mall, etc. I do find the occasional mocha helps on tough days too. :) I would restate, though, that I would not have even had the energy to do these mornings before my daughter was 3.

Christine - posted on 01/13/2013

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Reality is it's almost impossible to "have it all" and have energy. Get a cleaner fir the house, or a mother's help. Give up full time work and go part time or change career. Get your partner to do more (if u have one!) You get one life so make the most of it. Your kids will be grown up and gone before u know it. You might be able to live on less money by downsizing and making lifestyle changes. Better that than kill yourself trying to do everything. Life would be MUCH more enjoyable with more energy. Energy and time are worth far more than a little extra money. The answer is in your hands.Good luck!

Natalia - posted on 01/12/2013

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oh God! sign me up, i am exhausted as well. it is so tough. i use public transportation, so i just try to take a nap or read a book/magazine. i would like to hear other tips as well...

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