As mothers, we spend our days making sure that the needs of our family are met, which often means that we eat on the go, don’t make time for exercise and stay up far too late doing all of those things that we didn’t get to during the day, which can leave us feeling exhausted. By making a few simple changes, we can make a huge difference in how much energy we have and how we feel.
Try replacing your sugary snacks with energizing foods. Nuts, including almonds and cashews, and leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard will help give you a boost. If you find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee or caffeinated soda, opt for a square of dark chocolate, which contains less caffeine than that cup of java.
If you try each of these and you still find yourself lacking the stamina to get through your day, consider having your iron levels checked. Even slight anemia can leave you feel deflated and exhausted. Nuts, seeds, leafy greens, red meats and whole grains are all great sources of iron.
Though the suggestion of getting more sleep seems obvious, many of us dismiss this option. Experts at the National Sleep Foundation explain: “Though the exact mechanisms of how sleep works, how sleep rejuvenates the body and mind is still mysterious, one thing sleep specialists and scientists do know is that adequate sleep is necessary for healthy functioning.” With too little sleep, you’re bound to be exhausted. Even turning in a half hour early or squeezing in an afternoon catnap can make a huge difference.
Give these natural energy boosters a shot for a week and see if you feel more invigorated and able to get through your days with energy to spare.
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