We don’t need to tell you that being a mum can be tiring! It’s sometimes tempting to reach for a coffee (or a sugary treat!) to wake you up. However, there are healthier alternatives!
Next time you are feeling exhausted, try one of these 6 energy boosters instead.
How to BOOST your energy when you are a busy mum
1. Ditch the technology
After a long day it’s not uncommon to want to grab the iPad and binge on your favourite Netflix show. While physical rest is imperative for relaxation and recovery, technology may have less stress-reducing effects than we may think. Turning off the gadgets, spending some time in nature or simply opening the curtains to let some light in can relax the brain rather than stimulate it and help to rejuvenate the mind, restore focus and improve energy levels.
2. Turn it up
Research shows uplifting music can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase feel-good hormones which in turn increases energy. Recent studies also show that people who listen to restful music before bed actually sleep better and show less signs of stress in daily life.
3. You are what you eat
While it’s tempting to grab something sweet and sugary when you’re knackered, you’re much better off choosing something nutritious. This will help refuel your body (and mind) and won’t leave you in danger of a sugar crash. With healthy treats like Peanut Bubble Crunch (and plenty more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge) you can have your treats without the guilt. Win win!
4. Think positive
Ever noticed that happy people tend to have more energy? Simply choosing better-feeling thoughts toward yourself, your body and your life, can have a positive effect on energy levels. Fill your body with fresh air by taking 5 deep breaths to reset your nervous system and then think of 5 things you are grateful for in everyday life. You may be surprised how quickly your body responds with a boost of positive energy.
5. Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is great not just for your body, but your mind too. When your cells are dehydrated they shrink and even brain cells find it more difficult to function well. When you are out and about in the heat of the day, make sure you water your brain cells regularly so you can stay on top of your game and feeling good.
6. Move it
Science shows that people who are physically active feel more energetic than more sedentary people. The body is designed to move and flush out toxins, so by getting up and moving, you’ll wake up sluggish or inactive areas. If you are sitting in a chair, try rolling your feet forward and backward from your heels to your toes or take your arms up overhead to increase blood flow.
Begin moving your body in new ways outside of your workout time. Shake it, wiggle it, step up the pace. Keeping your circulation moving will help the cells to work at their optimum, stimulate neurotransmitters and increase energy.
If you’re feeling drained after a long day, exhausted after a night on little sleep or simply just not feeling your best, turn to these simple at-home strategies for an all-natural energy boost.
LOOKING FOR MORE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY?
Another great way to BOOST your energy levels is by joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Our Challenge includes:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!
To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.