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I recently became a stay-at-home mom to 2 hyperactive children, ages 3 and 4. I love
spending quality time with my kids, but I often feel very tired in the afternoon
and completely worn out at the end of the day. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed that
I just want to give up and go back to a full-time job. Please advise me on what can
I do to boost my energy level and get all my chores done before my husband gets home
from work. – Connie, Ohio.
5 Best Ways to Boost Your Energy
Speaking from personal experience, I can say that being a stay at home mom is really
hard work as there are so many things to get done each day.
On the other hand, it's an extremely rewarding experience because it allows you to
share your little ones' world and watch them develop and grow into adults. So don't
give up, even if you constantly find yourself feeling emotionally drained and physically
tired. Instead, take these simple and practical steps to increase your energy levels
and help you cope better with fatigue as well as everyday stress.
What Can a Stay-At-Home Mom Do to Stop Feeling Tired?
1. Sleep Well
The best thing you can do to feel well rested in the morning and avoid feeling tired
throughout the day is to have enough sleep. Many of us skimp on sleep to meet daily
demands of a busy lifestyle but that's not a long term solution. When you don't get
enough sleep over a long period of time, your ability to think clearly and function
effectively is greatly compromised. You'll be far less productive the next day and
more likely to experience that mid-afternoon slump. Therefore, make sure to get about
7-8 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep each night.
Prepare your body and mind for sleep by giving yourself some time, maybe an hour,
to wind down before bedtime. Put away your tomorrow's "to-do" list and avoid sleep
saboteurs such as coffee, nicotine, too much fluids and heavy meals before bed. Calm
your mind by listening to soft music, or do gentle stretching exercises to totally
relax your body. But more importantly, help your kids unwind so that you can get
some undisturbed sleep throughout the night.
If you find your energy levels dropping in the afternoon or feeling irritable and
unable to concentrate, consider taking a power nap. A short nap of 20-30 minutes
will recover alertness, get you out of an energy slump and revitalize you in a flash.
2. Eat Energy-Boosting Foods
For extra energy to keep you going throughout your busy day, you should eat foods
that provide sustained energy instead of sugary foods such as candy bar and chocolate.
There's no doubt that sugared foods will give you an instant energy rush, but they'll
leave you feeling sluggish in an hour when your blood sugar levels crash.
You want to consume protein for a long-lasting boost of extra energy. Lean white
meat such as skinless turkey and chicken breast are excellent proteins as they usually
have a lower fat content than red meat. They also contain an amino acid (tyrosine)
which boosts brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine) that help you feel more
alert and energized.
Foods high in magnesium such as almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and navy beans will
also help boost energy levels as the mineral is responsible for converting your body's
sugar to energy.
It's also important to watch what you drink. Energy drinks tend to have a lot of
added sugar and caffeine in them, which can drain your energy and make you feel even
more tired once the sugar/caffeine effects have worn off.
Water is the best choice. It eliminates toxins from your body, raises your metabolic
rate and boost your energy levels naturally. Regular water intake also prevents you
from getting dehydrated, which can cause headaches and not to mention, fatigue.
3. Fight Off Stress
Stress can be a huge energy-zapper so try to reduce everyday stress as much as possible.
A good stress reducer is to change the way you respond to stress, and not to be too
strict with yourself (and your children).
For example, instead of feeling angry and screaming back at your kids when they misbehave,
calm down by taking a few slow deep breaths. This very simple anti-stress technique
will help you regain control over your emotions in a stressful situation.
There are many ways to release stress at home. You can dance around your living room,
grow flowers in your garden, relax yourself in a lavender-infused bath, revisit an
old hobby that you really enjoyed, or exercise. Exercising regularly gets your blood
flowing and heart pumping which gives an instant kick of energy.
Foods that are rich in Vitamin B are amazing stress busters so load up on lentils,
bananas, potatoes, molasses, oats, barley, wheat bran, avocado, tuna and salmon.
4. Stay Awake with Ginseng
Ginseng has long been known and used as a natural energy booster. It's believed that
the substances in ginseng prevent stress hormones from flooding your system, which
in turn stops chronic stress from depleting your mental and physical energy.
Moreover, ginseng helps relax blood vessels, which means more oxygen can be delivered
to your body and brain.
5. Fast for 24 Hours
If you're always feeling tired and restless, I'd highly suggest you do a 24 hour
detox fast. It's a great way to allow your body to flush out built-up toxins and
have a quick "clean-up". With the toxins removed, you'll feel much more clear-headed
and alert than before.
If you can't seem to feel energized, no matter how well you sleep, eat or relax,
please make an appointment with your doctor to have your blood tested and your thyroid
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) may sometimes result in a sluggish metabolic
rate which causes low energy levels. Extreme fatigue and legarthy may also indicate
an iron deficiency anemia.
Can't stay awake and having a hard time concentrating at work? Use the best tips
to awake your mind and re-energize your body naturally without caffeine. You're sure
to feel instantly refreshed for the rest of your work day!
Under stress and have no time to relax? These stress relieving ideas are easy to
fit into busy schedules and make you feel better right away. Restores your body and
mind to a calmer, more relaxed state.