8 Energy Boosting Ideas For Exhausted Moms
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Jennifer Davis via kidsactivitiesblog.com. March 18, 2016. Parenting Advice.
It’s the age old joke. Moms never have any energy. We are doing our best to stop that (mostly true) stereotype and create more energy for ourselves!
To help you get more energy throughout your day, here’s eight energy boosting ideas that you can start using right now.
1) Create healthy sleep routines for yourself
We might not be able to help the fact that we get up multiple times a night to feed babies or chase monsters from underneath beds, but we do have control over our other sleep routines.
Making subtle changes like turning all electronics off for 30 minutes before bed to let your mind wind down can do a lot to promote healthier sleep habits and help you get better sleep.
2) Protein in the morning
This is one trick I discovered when I was pregnant.
Eating some sort of protein first thing in the morning can help you feel a lot more energetic throughout the day.
Even if you are not a big breakfast person you can try something quick n easy like breakfast balls (picture below) or high protein banana muffins.
These quick (and yummy) breakfast ideas can be made ahead of time, so grabbing that extra protein won’t add extra stress to your morning routine!
Photo and Article Credit: kids activities blog
Breakfast Balls: Ingredients you’ll need,
- 1/4 cup of almonds (we used slivered, but you can use any)
- 1/4 cup of cashew pieces
- 1/4 cup of dried fruit (we used dried cherries, but I bet any dried fruit would work)
- 1/4 cup of almond butter (+ 1 teaspoon of coconut oil – omit the coconut oil if you decide to substitute with peanut butter).
- 2 Tablespoons of Dark Chocolate pieces
- 1 cup of toasted granola
You can replace pretty much any of the ingredients – don’t like almonds?
Use walnuts… skip the chocolate and throw some toffee pieces in instead… or use coconut shavings in place of the cashews (yum!).
As difficult as it may be, find a routine and stick with it.
Train your body that you’ll be going to bed at a certain time and getting up at specific times too.
When your body knows your schedule you can get a lot more out of the few hours of sleep that you do have.
This also helps you become more disciplined so you don’t end up staying up later than you intended to every night.
Creating an invigorating morning routine for yourself can also get your day started on the right foot to give you more energy throughout the day.
4) Drink More
It sounds simple but getting enough water in your system really does do wonders for your energy levels throughout the day.
I hate drinking water, but I started doing a few things to help drink more water.
The best has been to reward myself with other things when I drink. Example: No coffee in the morning until you’ve had at least one FULL glass of water (Chug the water!!!!).
Or not opening Facebook during nap-time until another glass of water has been downed.
It’s not always easy to drink it, but it does amazing things for mom’s energy levels so it is worth it!
Counterintuitive but exercising improves your overall health and often, gives you MORE energy!
Find time for that morning jog/walk or consider a gym membership.
So many gyms have awesome play areas for kids, so kiddos don’t have to be an obstacle in working out.
If you don’t have the budget for a gym membership, you can get so many free workouts on youtube! Some are even just five minutes long!
6) Cut back on sugar
I’m not a person that would ever give up sugar entirely (though I think it’s awesome if that’s for you), but cutting back does wonders for a sleepy day.
Yep, sometimes mama just needs a nap. That’s okay!
If you need a nap or some extra rest time, there’s no guilt in that!
It’s probably not possible every day, but when you are able, never feel bad about squeezing one in.
Even if you aren’t a napper, take time for yourself whenever you can. It’s important for your health, and you matter too!
8) Go Outside
Breathe some fresh air and enjoy some time in the sun can improve you mood and you energy!
Never underestimate the power of the great outdoors.
The best part is, this only takes a few minutes.
If you don’t have a lot of time, even just spending five minutes outside can help!
Motherhood is a tiring job, but with these handy tips it just might become a little easier.
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