Guys, I'm so tired.
And I mean that in the best way.
Last night wrapped up a long slew of dancing (hard) everyday, and often late into the night. It has been a very long time since I've pushed my body this hard, and suddenly recovery is VERY very important.
I only have a two day mini-break (of stretching only) before another dress rehearsal on Thursday. So I'm going to take this opportunity to share with all y'all the recovery things I manage to do when I'm sleep deprived, so sore it's hard to move, and still have to keep up with a toddler and a preschooler in the morning.
When you feel sore and tired and gross, nothing really beats a hot shower. I learned a while ago to be a night shower person, but have grown to appreciate it more with babies. If you want this to be relaxing, it needs to be while little people are sleeping.
Need to get some heat on achy muscles, but only have a 20-ish minute nap window? Rice sock!
Fill an old sock with plain 'ol rice, tie or sew shut. Boom, rick sock! Throw it in the microwave for 2 minutes and you've got yourself a magical molding-to-your-body heating pad.
Add in a handful of dried lavender for an extra relaxing element.
Every 3rd Drink Cannot be WaterSomething I remembered the hard way early last week - you really can drink too much water.
When I'm pushing my physical limits, I aim for every 3rd liquid to be something besides water: herbal tea (iced or hot, with a spoonful of honey), Gatorade, bone broth.
It does wonders for keeping up energy and keeping the crampy legs away.
Enforce Nap/Turtle Time
Sometimes I'll have gotten my achy body through the morning chores, gotten some homeschool lessons in, been to the park or errands, and gotten everyone fed lunch. But then we get to post-lunch, and suddenly I. Just. Can't. Keep. Going.
This is what I call The Wall.
The Wall is a good thing. It's the thing that lets you know you have hit a limit and it's a very good idea to take a rest now.
I normally hit it twice a day: immediately post-lunch (about noon) and again after dinner clean up (about 6pm).
The noon one is really important for me, since there is still the entire rest of the day that needs doing. Hence, my kids still nap regularly at noon.
John is almost 4 years old. He's at the borderland of maybe not needing nap.
So sometimes he naps, and sometimes he does Turtle Time.
Turtle Time is something we did at Girl Scout camp that is an amazingly brilliant parenting tool.
There is an hour in the afternoon where you just stay on your bed. You need to have everything you need for Turtle Time ready within reach of your bed before Turtle Time starts (book, journal, etc.)
You don't have to sleep at Turtle Time, but you can't get off your bed (except for true emergency purposes), you can't bother anyone else, and you can't make noise. For one hour.
If I can manage an hour after noon of noone calling me, pulling on me, or climbing on me, the rest of the day becomes magically better!
Happy mommy = happy kids (and vice versa.)
Do Something With People
This might be an evening activity out of the house or a date night in with the husband, but it just can't be something physically demanding.
I add this one in here because it's true for me, but I would add the caveat that I'm on the extroverted side of the scale. If you are an introvert this might not be true for you.
I'm married to an introvert and he recharges by watching movies on Netflix. I can do that too, but it doesn't recharge or relax me.
There is something about in the flesh interaction with people that reconnects me back to the world outside of dancing and babies (there is one, I'm sure!)
Hope this gives y'all some ideas. Let me know what works for you to recharge and recover in your busy life!