It’s been a little while again since I’ve written anything. Quite a few people have contacted me through the contact form with advice and opinions on my energy levels and what I should do about it. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to write to me and offer an opinion or advice. I appreciate the time everyone took.

First an update on how I have been feeling. I’ve been feeling better since I last wrote about my problems. I’ve been feeling  better of late. More energy to do things and feeling less tired.

I still don’t have the time to do things that I’d like but there’s probably a whole different set of issues behind that.

I’ve been doing my best to follow the tips I gave in the last article. Preparing and eating better food has been a challenge, especially when cooking for a family, but I’ve been making improvements where I can. I have had better luck implementing my other suggestions, especially on exercise. In addition to ping pong I’ve now made it part of my routine to either go or a walk early if my young daughter wake me up (we go together). If she doesn’t get me up early we go instead after my other children head off for school.

It’s something I’ve really come to enjoy, even given the colder time of year. It has helped me feel fresher in the morning, getting off to a good start.

I’ve also been making a real effort to have more me time. At least one night a week we’ll get take out or dinner will be something quick to make or prepared in advance. And then I’ll try and take the night “off” and treat myself to some time doing nothing. I’ve noticed I’ve felt really recharged the day after.

With my daughter being older, she has started to sleep better. This has helped with getting more sleep, which must make a big difference to how I feel.

So overall I am feeling better. I am still not getting more done, but that’s okay. I feel less tired and have more energy for my kids and husband, which is really important for me. I am not sure how much of my energy has been from following my tips or simply things improving as my daughter gets older and I get more sleep. It is probably both but I do feel better when I take deliberate action to improve things. I feel more in control.

I haven’t been writing much recently. I’ve been quite tired, and have simply not had the energy to make sure that I can write as often as you like. Now I’ve larger family people keep telling me that I can’t expect to get everything done that I want to do, and it’ll be hard enough to focus on getting the essential things done.

Perhaps everyone else is right, and there’s things I need to let go. I love being a parent, no doubt about that, and I love spending time with my newest daughter, but when she’s asleep I still feel the drive to try and get as much as I can done.

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However, even with getting more help with things around the home, I’ve still been struggling with energy, and getting my energy levels have been all over the place. This is common for people with modern lives, and doubly so for people adjusting to the arrival of new addition to their family.

So I’ve resolved to fix this. I’ve been doing some research into what anyone, but particularly new mothers like myself, can do to try and boos their energy levels. Here’s some of the better advice I’ve read:

1. Get a good night’s sleep

Easier said than done? Sure. It can be hard to get any sleep with a young child. But it is still important to try. Even just a good block of four or five hours of uninterrupted sleep can lift energy levels considerably.

2. Eating the right foods

Diet. So many of these things come down to the diet. But what you put into your body is a massive factor in what energy you have. There’s lots of information about this already on the internet, so I won’t go into it too much, but limiting processed foods, eating three decent meals a day and concentrating on foods with a lower glycemic index will help you feel more energetic.

3. Exercise

This is starting to seem more and more like a list of things for losing weight. That said, moderate exercise can increase energy levels. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout with the aim of burning fat, instead something as simple as going for a good walk early in the morning can increase serotonin levels in the brain and energy levels everywhere else. It’s something I’ve already been trying to do.

4. Get rid of tasks you don’t need to do

This is good advice for anyone at any time. But for people who are stretched thin it’s doubly so. Are you doing things that are both unnecessary and  not enjoyable? Then stop. Reflect on what takes up your time and see if it is something you neither like nor need.

For things you don’t like but need to get done, see if you can get help. Like I discussed in my last article.

5. Take some time out for yourself

Lots of information I’ve read talks about meditation and quiet time. Maybe that’s not for you, but carving out some time to focus on yourself – even if it is something as simple as having a nice bath and watching your favorite TV should in an hour of “you time” – is important in relaxing and letting go of stress and tension. Stress and tension both impact on energy, so reducing them will raise your energy levels.

Hopefully you’ll be able to use these tips in your own life if you are in the same position as me. It is much easier said than done, but I am determined to try. Hopefully, I’ll post again soon with an update of how I’ve been going.