If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you are greeting the kids’ return to school with a mixture of sadness and relief. Because, to be frank, looking after my two tweens full time for 6 weeks has been pretty exhausting!
As an older mum approaching menopause straits at speed, I can tell you there are days when I struggle to muster up enough energy to cope with myself, let alone with an 8 and a 9 year old who seem to have the attention span of gnats and an insatiable need for food.
Mat’s job has meant that he has only been able to take a week or so off, so I have been parenting solo with all the joys that having to play both good and bad cop entails.
Whilst improving my diet is still high on my list of to-dos (less instant noodles and more fresh food, I admit), I have been taking Berocca to add a bit of oomph to my days.
Berocca is the UK’s no.1 energy drink and contains 8 vitamins including vitamins B1 and B2 which work with your body to release your natural energy to help you embrace whatever a school holiday can throw at you. (Sulks, strop, giggles, ice cream and enough fishfingers to make Captain Birdseye proud). To be honest, Berocca has been my school holiday saviour (with the occasional back-up from Mr Rioja and Mr Malbec in the evenings).
One of the benefits I have noticed is that fuelling your body with the right vitamins at the start of the day carries you through and gives you a little more willpower to avoid sugary snacks mid-morning or the urge to ‘rest your eyes’ around 2 pm whilst hiding under sunglasses in the garden.
Berocca comes in several forms – there are the fizzy tablets but also powder sachets and even tabs which dissolve on the tongue for a quick fix when you’re out and about. Of course, these are not a substitute for food because Berocca is a food supplement and only works as part of a healthy diet but taking these is such a quick and easy way to inject more energy into your day so you feel a bit more mentally alert.
As Berocca says, with this little parcels of energy you can feel like you – but on a really good day. The one where you’ve been to the hairdresser and come home to find your husband cooking a curry and the kids playing together in peace and quiet.
The new term promises to be just as hectic. As well as school, Caitlin will be resuming ballet, Ieuan’s back to Tae Kwon-do and wants to take up football and fencing. I’m back to Pilates and I’ve taken up running (or lumbering round our local common, to be exact). The husband is muttering about getting me a bike and frogmarching me to the local swimming pool so I’ll be doing anything I can to keep my energy levels high!
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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