Motherhood can be downright exhausting. From the middle of the night wake-ups to settle poor sleepers to high-energy toddlers and older kids with a busy schedule of extra-curricular activities, by late afternoon, you often find yourself counting down the hours until bedtime.
You may wonder if you’ll ever feel rested again. Maybe when the kids are in college? But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read on for four natural ways to fight fatigue:
Make Mindful Food Choices
Eat for energy. Start by choosing low-glycemic foods, balanced with proteins and high-quality fats. Avoid foods with a high sugar content, heavily processed food and refined starches, which can contribute to energy crashes after mealtimes. Unsure of what these healthy meals should look like? Nutrition and wellness expert Kelly LeVeque has a ton of recipes and food advice in her book, “Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever.”
For many people, it is also helpful to eat five or six small meals a day instead of the typical three larger meals. Frequent small meals help to keep your blood sugar at a balanced, even level, so that your body gets a steady stream of nutrients and, thus, energy.
Boost Nutrients with Quality Supplements
Help top off your daily nutrients by taking high-quality health supplements daily. For most women this is simply a daily multivitamin, some additional vitamin D3 and a probiotic to boost immunity and digestion.
While you can find all of these things in your local supermarket, they may not contain the highest-quality ingredients, which can affect their efficacy. Instead, look to a quality nutrition supplement company like Amway’s Nutrilite. They use organic plant concentrates and conduct extensive research and testing to optimize the formulation of each of their products so that they can provide the optimal nutrition needs.
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Get Regular Exercise
While it may seem counter-intuitive, frequent exercise will actually help boost your energy levels throughout the day. Exercise increases overall levels of cellular energy while also circulating more oxygen in your body and creating a natural release outlet for stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine. You don’t have to spend seven days a week in the gym in order to enjoy the energy-boosting benefits of exercise. Simply get outside and go for a walk or take your kids for a hike in a local nature preserve. There are many easy strength training moves that you can do at your local playground while your kids are playing. The key is to get creative and make the most of your time.
Drink More Water
One of the earliest signs of dehydration in adults is fatigue. To combat this, make sure you are drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day. At a minimum, you should drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day. When you begin to feel fatigued, down a large glass of water and watch the positive impact that it has on your energy level.
By focusing on eating a well-balanced diet, boosting nutrition with quality supplements, getting regular exercise and drinking plenty of water daily, you can fight fatigue and improve your energy levels throughout the day. As a busy mom, you need all of the extra energy that you can get.