In the previous article, we talked about some of the causes of childcare fatigue. Now, how do mothers get rid of childcare fatigue?
In this article, we will introduce some of the most popular methods of eliminating childcare fatigue.
Feeling tired is considered to be an important alarm of the body along with pain and fever, and it is a state where the body is screaming, so to speak. The cause of physical fatigue is thought to be active oxygen. When the body is overworked, the cells in the body consume a lot of oxygen and produce reactive oxygen species.
Since reactive oxygen species are capable of damaging cells, when produced in excess, they prevent the body from producing the energy necessary for activity, resulting in fatigue. In addition, recent studies have shown that the accumulation of reactive oxygen species promotes production.
of “fatigue substances” that make the brain feel tired.
The following measures are recommended to heal such physical fatigue.
Rest a lot.
Rest is the best way to recover from the damage caused by active oxygen. However, many of you may not be able to take a good rest while raising children. If this is the case, ask your partner or parents to help you take a break from childcare and rest your body. Many mothers find it difficult to take a nap during childcare because they feel overwhelmed. But just lying down or sitting comfortably without doing anything to relieve physical fatigue is enough.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
If lack of sleep is the main cause of your childcare fatigue, try to get as much sleep as you can. Sleeping with your child when he or she is taking a nap, or having your partner take over when your child cries at night are just a few ways to increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
Pay attention to your diet.
It may be difficult to prepare nutritious and balanced meals for mothers while raising children. However, in order to heal a damaged body, it is important to take in good quality protein and nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and catechins that suppress the action of active oxygen. There is no need to aim for a perfect diet menu. Include dairy products, soy products, fruits, and green and yellow vegetables at least once a day, and hydrate with tea.
Stretching and massaging will help to clear away accumulated waste.
When the body is overworked, waste products tend to accumulate in the muscles and lymphatic system. The accumulation of wastes promotes the generation of reactive oxygen species, which can lead to increased fatigue. Of course, you don’t have to do this completely; just continuing to do it every day after taking a bath or during other short periods of time can be very effective. However, if you have muscle sores, it may aggravate the symptoms, so be sure to do it easily.
Mental fatigue is caused by the stress of raising children. The causes of stress are called “stressors” and the various symptoms that occur in the body and mind due to stress are called “stress reactions”. It is said that the first stage of the stress response is “fatigue,” and you can see that it causes childcare fatigue. And if the stress response becomes even stronger, it can lead to depression.
There are two ways to relieve stress: active relief, which is to completely remove the stressor, and passive relief, which is to try to relieve stress in other ways. Since it is difficult to use proactive methods to deal with the stress of raising children, it is best to use negative methods. Specifically, the following measures are recommended.
Temporarily leave childcare and housework.
This is the easiest way to get rid of negative feelings. On weekends and evenings, leave the childcare to your partner and immerse yourself in a hobby or go out for a change.
Rely on someone else to decide what not to do.
You have a lot of things to do, not only childcare but also housework. There are many mothers who are stressed about other things besides childcare. One way is to decide what not to do, for example, leave the chores that don’t go as smoothly to your partner or parents.
Don’t expect perfection.
Mothers who try to do everything perfectly, whether it is childcare, housework, or work, tend to get stressed out. If your baby is 0 years old, you are also 0 years old as a mother. There is no need to be perfect. It is a good idea to cut back a little, such as doing the laundry every two days instead of every day.
Raising children can be tiring, but by taking a few small steps, you can avoid getting too tired. The more physical and mental fatigue you have, the longer it will take to recover and the more serious the effects on your body and mind will be. It is important to work together as a family to overcome childcare issues.