I have to tell you that as a mom of four, I am tired. When I was a mom of one, I was tired. I need to find ways to have more energy as a mom. I think that it is partly because I never sleep a full night and partly because I always have something on my mind. I am always looking for ways to give myself a little boost of energy and today I am sharing 10 ways that work for me.
1). Go to bed on time. “Ok, Becky… read that again. ok… now try it tonight.” haha! Yes, this one is SO hard for me! I will “aim” to go to bed at 11:00pm and I will find myself watching a show at 1:00 am. Why do I do this to myself? haha! That’s OK- the first step is to admit the problem, right? On days where I do go to bed early, I feel great the next day.
2). Wake up one hour earlier than normal. If you skip #1, don’t attempt #2. I have been waking up an hour early to go to the gym and I feel so much better because of it. It is like a jump-start on my day… which brings me to #3.
3). Work out first thing in the morning. I used to do this in high school and college, but then I just stopped. I still worked out, but it was in the middle of my day and I would kind of just hang-around in my workout clothes for the rest of the day. I love working out early because working out increases your energy and I come home, shower and get ready for the day, all by 7:30.
4). Take a minute to recharge in your day. Lets just face it- I will probably never nap again (well, not while the kids are home anyway). I like to give myself a helping of Organic Energy from Steaz®. It gives you energy because it has Organic plant-based ingredients provide a clean energy boost for your body and mind.
5). Dehydration, even mild, can affect your body. It can give you headaches, and make you feel tired.
6). Take a shower. Really- this is a 5 minute fix for your energy. It just makes you feel better and refreshed.
7). Get a bite to eat. If your blood sugar is low, this will take a toll on your energy levels. Keep prepared snacks close by and grab something when you start to feel tired. A piece of fruit is perfect. The food that you eat can do the opposite if you choose the wrong things, like junk food.
8. Hug someone. Try to take a minute to just snuggle with your kids. It will give you the rest that you need and make you feel better, since you are connecting with your child.
9) Now… do the opposite and take a minute to yourself. It might be to just lay on the couch or to clean up the house a little (cleaning always makes me feel better when I see the finished product). Set them up with play dough or let them watch one of the educational shows on TV (a lot of the shows on PBS are perfect for this).
10. Open the windows. Sometimes a little fresh air is all that I need to feel better during the day. I might walk outside of just open the window and feel the breeze. Fresh air certainly has a positive effect on us.