5 Ways to slow down your busy life and fight fatigue

Apr 10, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Lately, life seems to be go, go, go. I guess that's kind of what you can expect when you move from Lehi, Utah, to New York City. Everything seems to be fast paced, like I'm always in a rush.

Sometimes I wish everything would slow down because I'm just watching Atticus grow up so fast right before my eyes! But besides that, life starts to get tiring. And when I start to feel tired, I start to look tired. So today I'm teaming up with Garnier to share with you five ways that I fight the fatigue and exhaustion of a busy life. Without these things I'd probably go crazy.

1. Make time to relax

The beach

Sometimes I literally have to make time in my calendar to relax. This last trip to California was exhausting. We were just on the move the entire time. So one of the days we looked up the sunrise time and just made time! We woke up early, walked to the beach and sat and watched the sunrise, and it was so beautiful and so relaxing! Moments like this are priceless, and the more of them there are, the happier I am.

2. Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

A good wrinkle cream is a game changer! There's no better way to feel instantly exhausted than finding new wrinkles; it makes you feel old. Running yourself too hard, stress, exhaustion, all of these in general just add to the aging process, so I try to fight that with a good anti-aging cream. Doing this makes you not only look younger but feel younger, and when you feel younger, you're more relaxed.

3. Exercise

Even if it's just a short workout in the house or a run through the park, anything is better than nothing. It might sound counterintuitive to fight exhaustion by getting more tired, but it gives me a chance to clear my mind and forget about the stresses of the day. Especially when I get to exercise outside, it's great to have a moment and take in some fresh air.

4. Put the cell phone down

Put down the cell phone

Every once in a while I will be playing with Atticus and I'll catch myself checking Instagram and I think, what am I doing? Most of us are on our phones all day long. Sometimes I'll get headaches just from staring at screens all day. So a while back, David and I committed ourselves (even though it's been hard to remember sometimes) to having periods of time, whether they are date nights or just certain designated times around the house, that are cell phone free. There's nothing more exhausting than a bright light that's always in front of your face, especially before bedtime. Studies have shown that spending time on your phone or computer before bed leads to sleep problems. I've got enough of those as it is, so sometimes it's just better to go phone free.

5. Date night

This is something that I'm just now realizing is so important. Last week we had a babysitter watch Atticus for the first time! It's taken me nine months to feel comfortable and ready to leave him with a sitter. We only went out for a few hours, but it was great to finally have some "us" time. We've had so many "date" nights in the city where we would just bring A. with us, but it's not the same. Setting some time aside in your busy life with your husband, boyfriend, significant other or good friend is a great way to combat the fatigue and exhaustion that comes from a busy life.

Amber and Atticus

I know there are so many other things to help remind us to slow down, but these are just a few that help me. I hope they help you too.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration between Garnier and SheKnows.