When you have to juggle work and raising children, feeling tired is unavoidable. There’s no secret recipe for how to ‘do it all’, but there are a few tips that will help you keep your energy levels up during the day. Check out this article to find out more.
Parenting is the most rewarding job in the world, but it’s also pretty exhausting. You’re on call 24 hours a day and you don’t get any vacations or sick days. When you juggle parenting with a full-time job, things get even more difficult. Stress, guilt, and fatigue become dreadful sensations you experience daily; you’re perpetually overwhelmed.
You wake up early to get ready for work and spend some time with your kids before heading out the door. Then, you put in roughly 8-9 hours at your job, not including the commute. Later, you have to find the energy to go through your kids’ nightly routine. When your children are finally asleep, you collapse in the comfort of your own bed, for fewer hours than you’d like. The next day, you have to do it all over again.
In an ideal world, all working moms would sleep for 8 hours straight and wake up refreshed and full of energy. Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case. To help you out, we’ve gathered a few tips that will help you refill your energy tank throughout the day.
A quick workout in the morning is the best way to get your blood pumping and wake up your body. We’re not asking you to hit the gym, especially if your mornings are too jammed. Simply wake up earlier than the kids and squeeze in a short run or a 20-minute workout. You can use a DVD or a YouTube video to guide you. Even moderate exercise increases your energy and helps your start the day on the right foot.
You should also keep moving throughout the day, as often as possible. If you’re stuck at the office, leave your chair every couple of hours to stretch your legs. Grab a snack from the kitchen or strike up a chat with a co-worker near the water cooler. Allow your brain to recharge and your body to move a little. If you skipped your morning workout, your lunch hour is a great opportunity for a brisk walk in a nearby park. You’ll return to your desk more energized and you’ll be able to focus better in the afternoon.
Don’t skip breakfast
Despite its importance, breakfast is usually the most skipped meal of the day; don’t make this mistake. And no, a cup of coffee does not count as a healthy breakfast. You wouldn’t let your kids leave the house without eating properly, so why don’t you make an effort to respect your own rule?
If making yourself an omelet is out of the question, there are plenty of breakfast recipes you can prepare from the night before and grab before leaving the house. Homemade muffins and energy bars, smoothies, a delicious yogurt parfait – the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
Dehydration has nasty effects on the body. It can give you headaches, cause fatigue, and drain you of energy. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water every day. To remember to stay hydrated, associate the habit with an action you perform regularly. For instance, drink a glass of water every time you send an e-mail to your supervisor. Or every time you check Facebook from your phone. You can even set a reminder on your phone for every two hours.
Chose healthy and nutritious snacks
Keeping your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day will prevent you from feeling drained of energy. Trail mix, protein bars, peanut butter crackers – these are all healthy snack choices you should always carry in your purse or stack in your desk drawer at work.
When your energy levels are sinking, your first instinct might be to grab a soda or candy bar to give you some quick energy. This solution only works for a short time though. Once the energy burst passes, you’ll feel even more tired than before. Eat a healthy snack at least twice a day between meals, and you’ll avoid this problem. You should also switch to green tea instead of coffee in the afternoon. It’s healthier and it won’t interfere with your sleep.
Give yourself a bedtime
Your children probably have a bedtime – why not give one to yourself? You can’t function properly with too little sleep each night. To ensure quality rest, dim the lights and turn off your TV or computer about an hour before heading to bed. A glass of warm milk and soft music before going to sleep can do wonders as well. Also, choose light pre-sleep activities, like reading or taking a bath.
According to BestinClassNanny.com, a nanny agency from Atlanta, 42-percent of American households are now dual income. Working moms don’t have it easy, so a few energy boosters during the day will surely come in handy. All the tips above are easy to implement and they will help you be more productive at the office and less exhausted once you finally get home to your family.