There’s no denying that the internet is a great place for meeting like-minded individuals. If you’re a weirdo-stalking sociopath you’ll meet other weirdo-stocking sociopaths.
And if you’re cool, hardworking and an all around nice person you’re likely to meet others that don’t fall under the category of weirdo-stalking sociopath. I like to think that I fall under the latter because so far – knock on wood – I’ve only met great people on the internet.
Enter Christelle Donaldson, the blogger behind The Handy Marketer. Christelle is a busy mom and currently works full time in corporate communications while exploring blogging in her free time. Her blog is designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses learn how to incorporate design in their marketing activities.
Since I’m on vacation this week, Christelle offered to write a piece for Moxie-Dude.
Enjoy! (And don’t forget to check out her blog.)
How to find energy when your 3 year old steals it from you
By Christelle Donaldson
I’m not a single mum, but I often can relate with single mums since my husband travels a lot, leaving me to look after our 3 year old little boy by myself. I work full time, commute an hour each day, don’t have any family living anywhere close, often can’t afford to pay for a babysitter, so life can be quite busy and tiring. Yet I manage to write on my blog regularly, do some yoga, learn a new craft every so often or cook beautiful meals. My friends often ask me how I do it and tell me that I’m lucky to have so much energy. But I don’t believe in luck.
In fact, let me get inspired by my son: here are four lessons kids can teach you to have great energy.
1. Sleep your beauty hours
My son is not a heavy sleeper, often waking up at 6 in the morning. But still, he sleeps about 10 hours a night, which is a much longer night than for most adults I know. Your sleep is important, especially if you have children who drain you of all energy. We all have different needs but just listen to your body and give it its deserved rest. For me a good night sleep is 7 or 8 hours.
2. Take power naps
Children use all their energy when they play, so eventually they run out of power and take a nap. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Why would you force yourself to stay awake all day but go slowly when you could just have a power nap and wake up refreshed for the rest of the day?
3. Live your life in the present
Young children usually have difficulties understanding the concept of past or future, and they rarely plan anything ahead, apart from the yummy dessert they will eat if they finish all their veggies.
And for that reason they live 100% in the present. Watch them play and you will soon realize that they are not thinking about anything else at the same time, not planning what they will do next. They are just playing!
Can you do the same? I see so many people drive while texting, watch TV while checking the news on their tablet, eat lunch while reading…
Enjoy the present moment, don’t think about the draining chores awaiting you or that dreaded conversation you need to have with your boss. Just give all you have to what you are doing now, and you will feel more alive.
4. Get excited
Children laugh a lot, everything is playful to them, they know how to “have fun”. Time flies when you have fun. Isn’t it true that weeks seem to last forever when we are at work yet holidays usually zoom past?
My advice to find energy: do the things that excite you, learn to have fun and see the fun part in everything you do. Be childlike a little bit more!