10 SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE ENERGY BOOSTERS FOR TIRED MOMS
- Hit the gym
I know. I know. When you’re exhausted, the LAST thing you want to do is go for a run on the treadmill. But guess what? A 20/30-minute low- to moderate-intensity workout will actually give you MORE energy than you think you have. Oh, and if you can’t find time to make it to the gym, there are tons of free workouts available on YouTube. However, we should talk if you’re looking for an in home program that includes fitness, nutrition and daily support. As a health and fitness coach I can help you find a program that fits your personal needs and goals.
- Drink a glass of cold water
Whenever we feel tired, many of us automatically think a big cup of coffee or a Polar Pop from the local gas station will do the trick. I’ve recently started drinking a glass of cold water first thing in the morning and whenever I’m feeling sluggish, and I’m amazed at what a difference it makes. Not only does it give me the jolt I need to wake up and pay attention, but it also helps me feel full so I don’t crave unhealthy snacks. Seriously, you should try it!
- Snack wisely
On the afternoons I don’t have anything planned, I often find myself feeling extremely hungry and, even though I’m just bored, I can never seem to lay off unhealthy, high-glycemic foods. (Hi, my name is Becky and I’m a carb addict). And while I instantly feel an energy boost (and a sense of extreme satisfaction!) from eating these foods, I always end up feeling worse a couple of hours later. Confession: There have been days in my past where I ate nothing but candy. The more I ate, the more I needed it and when the sugar crash hit I would grab another handful of Skittles. Now, I’ve always known my food choices have been a problem, but it wasn’t until I made a conscious effort to replace empty-calorie snacks with healthier options that I started to realize what a difference the right food choices have on my energy levels. Try swapping out some of your unhealthy food choices and see if you notice a difference!
- Crank up the music
I don’t know about you, but the dinner hour is my least favorite part of my day. Well, I don’t mind the eating part of dinnertime, but the hour leading up to the moment we sit down to enjoy our meal is rough because I find I’m way too tired to deal with the chaos of cooking and cleaning dishes…and this all comes AFTER trying to figure out what we’re eating in the first place. But once I throw some upbeat music on, my mood instantly improves and I suddenly find I have the energy to make it through dinner AND the bedtime routine without having a meltdown.
- Open the windows
If you spend a lot of your time in the car, drive with the windows open (or at least cracked). I don’t know if it’s the fresh air or the noise of rush hour traffic, but an open car window does wonders in keeping you more alert at the wheel. Do the same at home. When the weather is decent, open a window or two at home. There’s just something energizing about the fresh air and sound of birds.
Have you ever noticed you have more energy in the summer than you do in the winter? Well, chances are it has something to do with the amount of activity you get each day. While doing a morning workout is great for waking you up and giving you the boost you need to make it through your morning routine, it’s important to keep moving in some way throughout the day. I always find I have way more energy on the days that I’m busy with activities and errands compared to the days I’m just sitting at my desk on the computer. On those days, it’s super important to regularly get up and take a lap or two around the office (or home).
- Chew some gum
I don’t know about you, but it’s not uncommon for me to fall asleep while watching TV and reading. It seems that as soon as I sit down my body and my brain think it’s time to shut down, too. Want to know a great secret strategy? Chewing gum! Simply pop a couple of pieces in your mouth when you feel yourself fading, and it helps you stay more present and engaged.
- Talk to your doctor about supplements
Many of my friends swear by taking various vitamins and minerals each day, but I’ve never been big pill taker and have always avoided taking vitamins because they typically make me nauseous. Personally, I prefer drinking Shakeology instead of taking pills. (For more information, you can go to http://bit.ly/2iJWn2P.) But, if you’re feeling particularly exhausted these days, why not make an appointment with your doctor to see if he can recommend a supplement (or 2!) to help you feel more alert? And while you’re there, get your thyroid and iron levels checked as a deficiency in both of these can lead to feelings of fatigue.
While all of these tips and tricks are great strategies to help busy moms like us get through our crazy, hectic days, there are times we need to listen to our bodies and just REST. This could mean a quick 20-minute catnap, a long bubble bath when your kids are safely tucked into their bed, or an earlier bedtime for a few days while your body recharges itself. Whatever it is your body craves, don’t ignore it. The dirty toilets and unfolded laundry will be waiting for you when you’re ready.
- Adjust your thinking
Did you know that you can sometimes trick yourself into feeling more well-rested and happy? It’s true! Studies have shown that if you focus on feeling refreshed and alert instead of tired and cranky, your body will actually respond that way. You can change the way you feel by simply changing your perception.
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