I haven’t slept in what seems like forever. My kids have been sick and awake at all hours and my husband works nights. Aside from having a fabulous mother-in-law who is taking good care of me, here are a few things I do to feel a little more sane when I’m running on empty.
Shower/Bathe – When I’m pooped, it can be tempting to skip the shower but being nasty ain’t gonna make me feel better. If I’m covered in my own filth, I’m going to feel gross which is not what I need when I’m already dragging. So I hop in a hot shower and clean up. Even if I skip the shaving and exfoliating, I know I’m at least clean.
Comfy/ Cute – Just because I’m not in my Sunday best, I try to wear comfortable clothes that keep me warm but also don’t look sloppy. My faves are my yoga pants with a cute tank top and bright colored (not oversized) sweater or sweat shirt. Complete with a bright pair of slipper socks and I’m cute and comfy to stay home and still decent enough to make a drug store run.
Makeup and Hair – No one feels like getting gorgeous when they’re wiped out. So here’s what I do. I do SOMETHING with my hair, even if it’s just a cute pony tail and I generally straighten and style my bangs. That takes no time at all. I add a colored headband to my pony to add a little somethin somethin. Then I choose the two most important makeup items to me – usually foundation and a little mascara. That way, every time I walk by a mirror, I don’t feel like I’m in a horror movie. Don’t overdo but don’t under-do either.
Sippy Sippy – I keep a cup of ice water going all day and sip on it often. It keeps me hydrated and the cold perks me up a bit.
Get a Few Things Done – I feel better if I do a little, even when I’m the walking dead. I’ll hang some laundry, do a few dishes or wipe the counters. I like to pick up a few things so the house looks decent. That way, I don’t feel like I’m living in my own filth. Again, don’t overdo but don’t under-do.
Nap – I like to squeeze in some time to rest. While my kids sleep, I like to sit and watch a movie or nap a bit myself. I shoot for an hour long nap. I don’t want to oversleep but the rest allows me to make it through the rest of the day.
Take a Pill – Being tired can cause aches and pains. If you have a headache, pop an Advil. You might be surprised at how much more functional you’ll feel if your body isn’t hurting.
All of us go through periods of insomnia or sleeplessness for whatever reason. I guess we just have to learn to cope during those times. How do you deal with exhaustion? What perks you up after an all-nighter (or two . . . or three)?