A common complaint in the Muz household these days. ‘I’m wrrrecked’ (emphatic stress on the ‘r’ to elongate the word, thus proving just how wrrrecked you are). In Johnny’s case he is working hard during the week and getting home late most nights. Ergo, he’s wrecked. In my case, I am looking after Maggie all day, battling every lunch and dinner to get her to eat greens (persistence beats resistance, right?), helping her through teething pain, playing, singing, tickling, laughing, pushing on the swings, feeding, dressing, changing, bathing, cuddling, and finally putting her to bed when the last ounce of my energy is spent. Sometimes I have time to shower, have a coffee with friends and do some handwashing, but not often enough. Ergo….zzzzz
Anyway I read with interest an article in last week’s Grazia about the ‘Exhaustion Epidemic’ that has hit people just like us, exhausted by physical demands of childcare or the emotional demands of living in such a fast-paced society where we are increasingly controlled by our smart phones. (The irony of reading this on my iPhone and writing about it in bed on my iPhone is not lost on me). Thankfully Gwyneth Paltrow’s doctor, Frank Lipman, has the answer. Hoorah.
Firstly he recommends you buy his book, ‘Revive: End Exhaustion And Feel Great Again’ (£8.99). But if you’re just too wrecked to go to the shop, here’s the jist of it:
1. The first one is a biggie. This involves a total overhaul of your diet so it doesn’t include any processed food or drink. I casually wonder if Farley’s rusks are considered a no-no.
2. Get outside as often as possible. Definitely second this one, particularly for WM (wrecked mummies). A quick walk once, twice, hell 5 times a day if necessary, can be a lifesaver. A walk to the baby clinic is always a good one, as you kill two birds with one walk. The pram is your new best friend.
3. Sleep in total darkness, ideally with an eye mask. An interesting one this, considering we’ve been sleeping with a night light on since Missy arrived. We are only just sleeping in darkness again after 8 months now that she’s in her own room. I think the advice is – shut off from the world as much as you can while you sleep. Hard to do this when one ear is constantly straining to hear your little duck’s breathing, while the other one enjoys the dulcet tones of your husband’s snoring.
4. Take a yoga class instead of doing an hour of cardio at the gym. Happy days, that’s one vice I wasn’t doing anyway (cardio at the gym, that is) and I’m sure my weekly amdram rehearsals are similar to a yoga class.
5. Improve your digestion by taking time to eat your meals (no grabbing a petit filous or white buttered toast with cheese on the run, then) and taking a daily probiotic and fish-oil supplements.
Easy as that. I’ve just bought cod liver oil tablets and am hoping for the best. Wish me luck!