Ah, to be young, well-rested, and full of energy. For many moms, that’s just a distant dream. Having to juggle all the many tasks and chores of running a home can leave parents feeling burned out, living in fear that their children will want to do something that involves being up and active. However, while it’s normal to feel lethargic when you’re parent, it’s not the only option. In fact, by following incorporating a few simple steps into your routine, you can give yourself an energy boost and keep up with the kids. Take our ten tips outlined below.
Organize the Day
An organized mind is an essential ingredient for an energized mind. You know you’ve got a lot to do on any given day: if there’s a structure to the madness, then you’ll be able to see where and when you’ll have the time to sit down and take a break. You’ll be able to structure your relaxing times into the day, which will give you much-needed opportunities to build up your energy for when the kids need you to move!
Find Your De-Stresses
Everyone’s different. There will be things in your life that cause you stress, other things that help you relax. It’s important that you know what these are because stress is one of the things that drain us of our energy. If you think it’ll help, make a list of everything you do during the day: how many of these things bring you peace, how many raise the stress levels? It might be that adding an hour of say, reading or listening to music, to your day will be all you need to feel relaxed, happy, and energized.
Get Back into Exercise
It might sound illogical, but actually expending energy will give you more of it in the long run. If you’re not currently finding time to daily exercise, then it’s high-time you dig out the old workout clothes and make it part of your routine again. Whether you’ve just had a baby or are further along in motherhood, there will be a program for you. Just visit Moms Into Fitness for more information and begin getting back in shape. Not only does exercise make us fitter and give us more energy, but it also makes us happier!
Your children will rightly take up a lot of your time. But they shouldn’t take up all of your time! If your schedule is jam packed with responsibilities that are solely connected to your children or household, then it’ll be no surprise when you’re burnt out! Consequently, it’s important that you make time just for you. Drop the children off with their grandparents or leave them with your partner as you do something that you want to do. The little breather will inspire and energize at the same time.
This might seem like a dumb question, but…how much water are you drinking? We’re very often quite smart when it comes to making sure we’re well fed (sometimes, too well fed!), but many of us overlook our thirst. In fact, some stats say that more than 70% of Americans are hydrated! It does make a big difference to how we feel, too, sapping our energy. It’s also good for weight loss, as thirst can sometimes mimic the feeling of hunger. If you’re hungry when you shouldn’t be, drink a couple of glasses of water.
Eat the Right Foods
You can’t keep up with your children if you’re not getting the right sustenance! Not all foods are created equal. In fact, some foods shouldn’t be labeled as foods at all! If you’re getting too much sugar in your diet, then it should come as no surprise if you feel a little bit lethargic and experience slumps throughout the day. Try to stick to grain foods, and avoid chocolate bars and the like when it comes to snacks. Apples, nuts, and yogurts will be much better for you.
Your children are having afternoon nap times, why don’t you join them? There’s something unusual about sleeping during the day, but cultures around the world do it, for one simple reason: you can’t run around all day without having a proper resting period. We’re not suggested you get into your pajamas and sleep for hours on end, but a brief 20- 30-minute nap will do wonders. You’ll feel a bit tired when you first wake up, but when you’re alert you’ll be able to go like it’s a brand new day.
Limiting Tech Use
Yes, we know that smartphones and tablets and the like are entertaining, but they’ll sap your energy all the time. If you have a break from your kids for half an hour, don’t waste it by scrolling through Facebook: even if you’re sat down and relaxed, you won’t be getting the type of energy boost you think you’re getting. Also, avoid using technology before you go to bed. It has a detrimental effect on the quality of your sleep, and you need that to be as good as possible if you’re going to play with and take care of your kids the next day!
Pause the Hectic Lifestyle for a Day
There’s a lot to do when you’re a parent…but you have a choice over most things. You choose to do all the things you do. Why not set aside a day when you do…nothing but relax? That’s what Sunday’s are supposed to be for! Don’t make too many grand plans to visit family members or go exploring. Instead, enjoy the simple life. Reading, watching films, a light walk, and nothing more. You’ll be stepping back from the madness of the usual routine and setting yourself up for an energetic week ahead.
Take Care Of Number One
Finally, if you want to match your children for energy then you need to make sure you’re looking after number one: you. If you’re well rested, well fed, well-everything, then you’ll be able to be the best, most energetic mommy you can be. Simple!