Huh? Did someone say sleep? I don’t think I know what that even is anymore.
Since the day my daughter was born….sleep went right out the window. Of course, we all know that a new baby means no sleep. But she has gone above and beyond the new baby sleeplessness. Out of her three YEARS of life, I’m gonna estimate that she has slept through the night maybe 30 nights. TOPS. She is up and down all night long, which in turn means mommy is also up and down all night long. So keeping my energy level up, and my eyes open throughout the day, can be a challenge to say the least!
I’m sure I’m not the only one struggling with this constant issue, so here are some ideas that have helped me out. I hope they help you out too.
Choose Drinks Wisely
The first thing people think of for boosting energy is caffeine drinks. I’m the world’s worst for caffeine overload. I could go through a case of redbull, after having a pot of coffee for breakfast, and a couple caffeine pills for dessert. Ok…maybe a small exaggeration, but I think you get the point.
Caffeine can give a boost, if used in moderation and not overdone. One good option is to have a latte, since it contains milk in addition to the caffeine. The milk provides added protein, which also helps with energy.
Also, cutting off the caffeine by around 3pm is a good idea. If not, bouncing off the walls at bedtime could be a possibility, and then the cycle starts all over the next day due to lack of sleep.
Drinking more water and staying hydrated always helps. Water has a ton of awesome benefits for our bodies. One of these is that it helps transport needed nutrients where they are supposed to go, which in turn helps fight off fatigue.
Also, if you drink alcohol regularly, cutting back on it can be of benefit. I know that having a late night drink, after everyone is has gone down for the evening, can be relaxing after a long day. It might even help some go to sleep. But even just one drink can actually make staying asleep harder for many people, making for a sleepy mommy in the morning.
Pick the Right Foods
Small meals throughout the day, with light snacks in between, can help too. Big meals can sometimes make you feel sluggish. I’m guilty of having occasionally stuffed my face full of my daughters homemade breakfast, or accidentally eating a whole pizza at lunch time. It was the only time I could eat my favorites without having to share. But afterwards, I hated myself for it, and could barely breathe let alone keep my eyes open.
I’ve since gotten myself into the habit of eating better throughout the day, and avoiding the binges and unhealthy foods. Instead, now I eat whole grains, foods that are high in protein (nuts and veggies), and foods low in sugar as snacks, to get an energy boost when I need it.
Get Your Exercise
I’ve never been very good at sitting still. It might be because I am always up chasing my littles around, or running to ball practice. Just the same, Sitting at a desk all day in an office can be draining at times.
Even though it may sound strange, exercise is a good way to get some energy. Try to exercise daily, before work or after, to keep your energy level up throughout the day.
Even if you can’t get a workout in, it is widely known that you can get at least a 2 hour energy boost after just a 10 minute walk. This is because more oxygen circulation equals more energy. So, if you’re feeling drained at work, take a quick walk during lunch, or even just try to walk around at your workstation. Either one will help get you through the day.
Adjust Your Environment
It’s crazy the effect lights and sounds can have on a person’s mood. Low lighting can put anyone to sleep. Simply opening the blinds, or turning on an extra lamp, can lighten the mood, which in turn can bring up your energy level. Music is also an awesome motivator. Nothing gets me awake and ready to move more than a good beat!
Make Time For Yourself
I know that stress is a given when it comes to working moms. Being a mom is one of the most stressful things I have ever done in my life. And working on top of it is almost like kicking me while I’m down. But over time, stress will wear a person out emotionally and physically.
Working in some relaxation techniques throughout the day can not only relieve stress and anxiety, but also help your energy levels. Squeeze in some meditation during breaks, do yoga in the evenings, or even just talk to someone, as all of these activities can help remove stress. This will not only make you feel better, but it will have the added benefit of raising your energy levels too. Also read- Making Time For Yourself.
Do What Works for You
Everyone is different. Some of the things that work for me, might not work for you. Try different foods in your diet. Try different activities and relaxation techniques. Make it your own and part of your own routine.
Once you get a good combination of tricks up your sleeve, come back and let us know which ones work for you! Or if you find something new or have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments!