As a busy mum myself I know what it’s like to suffer from low energy. And I also know that this can impact our everyday lives. That is the reason why I came up with the 4 energy boosting tips for busy mothers.
Low energy can make it extremely difficult to get through the day. And we all know that mothers have a long list of tasks that need to be done. Many of us focus on our weight as an indicator of our health. But I believe that our energy levels are the true marker of good health.
After having my two children only 20 months apart I found myself feeling low on energy and exhausted most days. Feelings of not being able to cope started to creep in and adrenal fatigue became my reality. I did my best to avoid visiting the doctors. I went down the path of naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncture and live blood analysis.
I’ve had the support of varying natural health care practitioners. In addition, I also have my own changes to diet, fitness, and lifestyle. Because of that, I was able to turn my fatigue into wellness. I managed to avoid the very real possibility of anti-depressants (yes that was my GP’s suggestion).
Over the years these changes to my lifestyle literally changed my life. And I know that they can help you too. As a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I want you to know that you too can do it. You can experience increased energy so that you can live your life with more passion, motivation, and happiness.
4 Energy Boosting Tips For Busy Mothers
Living an active lifestyle will change not only your wellbeing and your waistline. It will improve your energy levels too. The more we move and are active the more we will boost our energy. Being active doesn’t have to be a chore and nor does it need to take up hours of your time.
Find the things you love to do and do them as your exercise. It will help keep you motivated and likely to actually do it. Riding bikes, bouncing on a trampoline, kicking a football and dancing are all forms of exercise. You will get more benefits from movement when it is performed consistently. Have different activities throughout the day. That’s better than a one-hour workout in the morning and then sitting the rest of the day. If you do sit for long periods of time, try to move for 3-5 minutes every hour. Walk around, run up and down some stairs, go and fill your drink bottle.
Restorative sleep is essential to our wellbeing, energy and well, life really. The restore, repair and replenish that occurs while we sleep ensures that bodily functions such as detoxification, hormone balancing and digestion are all able to occur . The average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but the majority of people aren’t getting anywhere near enough and certainly not enough restorative sleep. Many of my clients complain of waking up feeling just as exhausted as they did when they went to sleep and this alone is slightly concerning. A few simple tips that may help with poor sleep quality are reducing screen time at night, going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, avoiding or completely eliminating alcohol and caffeine and creating a bedtime routine for yourself, just as you likely do for your children.
The foods you choose to eat will either give you energy or deplete you of energy. For this reason alone I think we need to be conscious of the foods we are eating and how they are making us feel. Nourishing whole foods are going to fill us with energy while highly processed packaged foods will likely suck the energy right out of us. Choosing to cook at home as much as possible, avoiding the foods that leave us feeling yuk (sugar, gluten, dairy and soy are often the biggest culprits) and eating a variety of fresh seasonal wholefoods are going to help us experience optimal energy levels on a daily basis. Try to keep a food diary and note how you feel after each meal to determine hidden allergies and sensitivities.
Hydration is another factor that can have a significant effect on our energy. The average adult needs approximately 2 litres of water per day, but most people aren’t getting nearly enough. Increase your water intake and notice if energy levels begin to improve. If drinking more water leaves you feeling swollen and uncomfortable due to fluid retention, you may need to look at increasing your mineral intake to help the body better absorb the fluid into your cells.
Manage your Stress
It’s overwhelming running a family, housework, work commitments, deadlines, finances, relationship strains, and the never-ending to-do list. It leaves you feeling stressed out, anxious and perhaps borderline depressed. Managing the effects of this on your body will do wonders not only for your energy levels but your overall wellbeing too. Managing stress can often be as daunting as many of our everyday stressors are unavoidable.
But there are ways to control the stress. Embracing a restorative practice such as yoga, meditation t’ai chi or qi qong can all significantly help with reducing stress on the body as deep diaphragmatic breathing can. Stop a few times per day and take 10 deep breaths through the nose, filling and expanding the belly. Hold the breath for a moment before slowly exhaling back through the nose. Continue for 10 breaths allowing each inhale and exhale to become longer and slower. The more you practice the diaphragmatic breathing the easier it will become and the quicker you will notice the effects on your stress levels.