This Is For All Of The Tired Moms Out There
Today is just one of those days. One of those I’m-so-tired-I-can’t-even-function kind of days.
I know all moms struggle with these days and it can be so frustrating: you have a million and one things to get done (like always) and not enough time or energy to do it.
But I have something super important to say to all the moms out there; so important that even though I had a different post planned and ready I decided to scrap that one for a later time and type this one out!
My psychiatrist recently upped my medication I take for my mental health. She doubled the dosage I was previously taking. Which for a normal person, this would be no big deal. But for some reason my body has a weird reaction to medication and it just always affects me so strongly.
So I have been tired.
The kind of tired where you can’t have any relief because it is not going to go away with sleep or resting. It’s the kind of tired that you feel in every inch of your body. The kind where you don’t even want to get up when you are sitting down because that takes everything out of you.
I struggle so much with caring for my daughter when I am this tired.
I blame myself and have negative thoughts race though my mind: like I am a bad mother, that I am not giving Izzy enough attention, that I do not have time to relax because I have so many things that I need to do.
It is such a natural reaction as a mom to feel like we have to take on the world: everyday we have a long list of to-do’s and there just simply isn’t enough time in the day. It is so natural to be tired when you are raising a baby and managing a house all at the same time.
What I have to say to you, mama, is that it is OKAY to be tired. It is OKAY to take some time to relax. It is OKAY to take some time to to do something for yourself. It isn’t just okay… it is absolutely necessary.
Days like today, when I am extremely tired, I set aside a specific time for me to relax. Typically it is just during Izzy’s nap. During that time ABSOLUTELY NOTHING gets done. And that is okay!
Then when it is my time to get stuff done I fight through the tiredness - even though I know it is so hard - and I accomplish as much as I can. But I remind myself that if a few things have to slide today, that is okay. It will get done.
Remember that you aren’t going to be your best self if you are stressing yourself out trying to accomplish everything. Set a realistic goal and do what you can.
You got this, mama! Even on tough days when you are tired, you can do it!