Hacks For Moms from A Tired Boss Mom
Being a parent is frequently tiring, as anyone who has children will tell you. One of the first things you will probably find yourself saying goodbye to as a Mom is that old friend, deep, fulfilling, feeling rested sleep. This is a common enough experience that parents-to-be generally try to prepare for it, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t really prepare for it until it happens to you. As it happens, we can help the struggle be a little less struggle-y… with these hacks for moms. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure you overcome your tiredness, get more sleep, and even save time in the process. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most effective hacks for doing just that.
Get Really Good At Power-Napping
One thing you can practice pre-baby is power napping. This soon becomes vital after you become a parent, and it’s one of the most effective ways to ensure that you are actually able to get the sleep you need. Although your 8 hours at night is still the most important, in truth you would be a superwoman to be able to get that while being a new parent. So it’s a good idea to get good at power-napping.
This is all about finding the appropriate moments to do it. You might find that you have half an hour here and half an hour there, usually while your kid is asleep or otherwise engaged. Make use of these as best as you can to help you sleep better at night. But here’s the kicker: don’t do it too much, or you might find that your nightly sleep actually becomes harder to get. This is just one of those delightful quirks about being a Mom that you can’t easily get around.
Act Like You’re NOT A Coffee Addict
Okay, so there is nothing wrong with having coffee in the mornings. In fact, if you are like most boss Moms, it is probably absolutely essential. But you should take care of how much caffeine you intake, as this can negatively affect how much sleep you can get.
Ironically, some doctors say drinking coffee can make you much more tired overall. If you find that you are struggling to get to sleep, you might want to think about reducing your caffeine intake as best as you can. This is going to make it easier to get off to sleep, and you will therefore need coffee less the next day. What a great position to be in! If you manage to achieve this, one of the most challenging hacks for moms, please let us know how you did it. Because we have not.
Take Some Time Away From The Screens
This is good advice for a number of reasons, but one of the main ones is that you will be able to sleep a lot better at night. It’s also a good example to set for your kids, as they are going to be so much more likely to use screens in a more limited way, which is something that can bring about better mental health and good habits. If you tend to unwind in front of the screen after a long day of parenting and working, it can be hard to convince yourself not to do that or have that treat.
However, you will soon find that putting the screens down can give you more energy and allow you to be much more present in the day, whether you are working hard or parenting. So you might want to try and binge fewer Netflix series and spend a little less time on the ‘gram, if you can. (You knew a post about hacks for moms would say to put down your phone… didn’t you? Sigh.)
List Hacks for Moms
Lists are the busy Mom’s perfect tool. Not only do they allow you to visualize what you need to do in a much easier way, they also mean that you are going to be able to save a lot of time and do those activities in a much more convenient order. In general, therefore, you will save a lot of time and effort that way. You are probably going to be less stressed out when you know exactly what you need to do, so that is something you should really think about here.
Put some things on your list that are really easy or that you’ve actually already done. The task of crossing those off will give your brain the feel-good surge you need to tackle the rest of the tasks.
Know that the list is not the boss of you! YOU made the list. You can change it if you realize it’s too much to achieve in the allotted time or one of your kids gets sick and needs you. YOU are the BOSS mom.
Of course, if you are the kind of person who actually struggles more when you have a list to follow, you might want to ignore this completely. But seriously: how do you get anything done? We would like to know your secrets and hacks for moms.
Seek Consistency Even When It Seems Impossible
One piece of advice that you might immediately spurt your drink over is: to sleep at consistent hours. But surely this is impossible when you have children, we hear you ask? It might well be challenging, but depending on the child and their age, you might hopefully be able to sleep fairly consistently if you at least put some effort into it.
What kind of effort? Well firstly, you should think about getting your children to go to bed at a consistent time. Unless they are newborns, this should be something that can be achieved, even if it can prove difficult. You should also consider, again, setting the example here. If your children see you having consistent sleeping hours, that is going to help them to do the same. The more you do this, the better it is for you – and for your children, which is also good for you!
Enjoy The Illusion Of Planning
Do you love to make plans? If so, you might want to make sure that you are utilizing this love as a means of really trying to organize your life more effectively. The truth is that when you have kids, all plans can go out the window at a moment’s notice. But as long as you allow yourself to believe in the illusion of planning and scheduling, while actually having flexibility, you can at least have a semblance of control – and that is often enough to make yourself feel a little better about your day to day life. With this in mind, you might be less tired, get more done, and have more time on your hands. We can but dream…