Ever asked yourself this question?
So how tired are you? Do your kids get teased in the playground . . .
“Your Mama so tired, the bags under her eyes couldn’t be checked as carry on luggage” @katesaysstuff via Twitter
“You Mama so tired she called someone on the phone and forgot her own name” @Meggsie62 via Twitter
“Your Mama is so tired she dreamt she made dinner!” Sandra via Facebook
“Your Mama is so tired she gave you permission to play on the road!” Tara via Facebook
“Your Mama so tired she drove to the supermarket and left you in the baby capsule at the front door” David via Facebook
Your Mama so tired they’re bottling her blood & selling it to insomniacs” Lucy via Facebook
Yes, we all know motherhood can be tiring! From broken sleep to the mental exhaustion from all day refereeing of bickering siblings. But is your exhaustion more sinister?
When we’re busy looking after everyone else, us mothers are notorious for not looking after ourselves.
I remember watching a wildlife documentary about octopus mothers. She lays her eggs and then guards them around the clock, to the point of no longer eating. When the eggs hatched they showed the mother, a poor specimen of her former self, ready to die. I once felt like that octopus.
Why are we such martyrs? Don’t let this happen to you!!!
There are many causes of fatigue, some easily fixed, others that take a bit more effort and a lot of changes.
For me it was adrenal fatigue and then the resulting depression that drained all my energy. I really want to highlight some warning signals for you so you can figure out if you’re in the “Danger Zone”. The Danger Zone is the point on my roadmap where you don’t want to be.
Some warning signs you might be in the Danger Zone
- Tired for no reason?
- Having trouble getting up in the morning?
- Depending on coffee to keep you going?
- Feeling run down and stressed?
- Dragging yourself through each day?
- Craving salty or sweet snacks?
- Struggling to keep up with life’s daily demands?
- Unable to bounce back from stress or illness?
- Not having fun anymore?
- Experiencing decreased sex drive?
- Simply too tired to enjoy life?
This is a list from Dr Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue site, but I think they are pretty indicative of whether you’re in trouble or not, regardless of the reason why. Some of these are the same as for depression or chronic fatigue. Whatever the symptoms and whatever the cause, it might be worthwhile talking to your GP. I’m not a medical professional, so my advice does not constitute medical advice, I just want to make sure you get the help you need.
“Crash Testing” our way out of the Danger Zone
Over the next month or so you can expect crash tests to help with
- Improving sleep
- Eating foods that give your energy and avoiding those that don’t!
- Drinking enough water
- Benefits of exercise
Some of these I’m already doing and will share the results with you. But first we have two more important posts for the Danger Zone over the next two weeks: Distraction/Isolation and Depression. I already mentioned my personal experiences with both briefly. I’ll be exploring them in more depth before we move into Survival Mode. I don’t want to leave anyone behind that should be on this road trip :)
Need a recap on what the Roadmap is all about? Check out my post ‘Roadmap to an easier, happier and healthier motherhood‘.
Are you tired beyond belief? What are some of the signs that you might need to join the ride?