Today I’m sharing five adjustments that I made to improve my energy levels to become a better homemaker. If you’ve been feeling tired and drained from your homemaking, you might find it helpful to try implementing some of the tips in this post.
A Surprising Discovery
When I first started homemaking, I made a startling discovery.
It takes energy to dust shelves, mop floors, and scrub dishes!
As a new homemaker, I was astounded to find that an hour of homemaking would leave me feeling drained and feeble. It was clear that I lacked the vitality that I needed to perform my homemaking duties.
Over time, I made adjustments to my lifestyle to improve my energy levels. It took some time and some trial and error, but eventually I was able to improve my physical and mental health so that I could comfortably tackle all my homemaking tasks.
Here are the five most effective adjustments I made to improve my energy levels for homemaking.
Adjustment #1: Wake Up Naturally
The first change I made was to stop using an alarm clock. I stopped waking up to the beeping of an alarm every morning and started allowing my body to determine my wake-up time.
This first habit was the hardest one for me. I grew up in an environment where rising early was a virtue. This mentality was deeply etched into the grooves of my mind, and it was difficult to reverse.
Sometimes when I wake up a little later than usual, I still experience a pang of guilt. When this happens, I remind myself that I am practising responsible self-care. When I get enough sleep, I have so much more energy throughout the day. I also feel more vibrant and optimistic, and this makes it much easier for me to do my homemaking.
Adjustment #2: Increase My Water Intake
When I first began homemaking, I often felt light-headed and weak after doing a few chores. These are signs of dehydration, and so the next change I made was to start drinking more water.
Here’s my simple system for staying hydrated. Each day, I aim to drink ten small cups of water. To increase my chances of achieving this, I spread my water intake out over the day; I drink five cups of water in the morning, three in the afternoon, and two in the evening.
Once I began paying attention to my water intake, my dizziness and fatigue went away, and I had much more strength and stamina for homemaking.
Adjustment #3: Incorporate Strength Training
Another change I made was to add strength training to my exercise routine. I aim to do a weightlifting workout two or three times every week.
This exercise routine has been life-changing. There are so many homemaking tasks that require physical strength. Strength training helps me to perform these tasks more easily and more safely.
I will confess that I hesitated before trying strength training. I was worried that lifting weights would negatively impact my appearance. Looking back, I realise that I needn’t have worried. It would take an enormous amount of weight (much more than what I lift) to dramatically change my appearance. On top of that, my priorities have changed. My focus now is to work towards having a strong, healthy body.
Adjustment #4: Ask for Help
The next change that I made was to ask my husband for help when I needed it.
This was another difficult one for me. I used to be too proud to ask for help. I felt that it was weak to ask for help, and I wanted to be able to do everything on my own.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is not weak to ask for help. In fact, it is mature and prudent to request assistance when you need it.
I have learnt that there are some tasks that are easier to do with two people. I have realised that I am blessed to have a husband who is willing and able to help. I have discovered that working as a team of two is a wonderful way to forge memories that evoke smiles long after the moment has passed.
Asking for and receiving help is a blessing that gives me energy by lightening my to-do list.
Adjustment #5: Listen to My Body
The final change I made was to pay attention to my body. I generally feel most energised and productive in the morning, so I aim to complete my most important tasks before lunch. To maximise my productivity during this time, I use these five strategies for efficient homemaking.
I have also realised that my energy levels naturally ebb and flow from day to day. To accommodate this, I make my to-do list flexible. For example, if I notice that I am feeling listless and burnt out, I shorten my homemaking to-do list and prioritise rest and recreation.
Homemaking involves more than just cleaning and tidying. Homemaking is about nurturing the people in your life—starting with yourself. That is why learning how to improve your energy levels is an integral part of homemaking.
Your energy level at any time contains a hidden message about your current state of health. By attuning yourself to your energy levels, you can learn how to perceive, interpret, and act on these subtle messages that your body is communicating to you.
As you go about your homemaking, I hope you remember to spend some time recharging your energy levels. Learning how to renew your vitality is an act of self-compassion. When you are vibrant and energised, you increase your capacity to help others.