Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Energy

I seriously lack it. The small people have it in abundance.

Energy. 

As a stay-at-home mama, I am on call 24/7. Thankfully the days of having to be up several times a night have passed, but I still need a decent amount of energy to get through the day. Most of the small people get up and are ready to start their day, which means I need to be ready also. During the school year (August to May), I'm homeschooling all day long from 8 am to 3pm. After school, the small people have a variety of activities that require me to shuttle them to and fro. Somewhere in all of that, I still have to maintain the household responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
It was incredibly important that I find a way to increase my energy level. I thought about those little 5-hour energy drinks, but I have a problem with the thought of taking them. So I started exercising. It worked!! I've found that when I start my day off with some exercise, even if it's a walk around the block, I have much more energy for the rest of my day. Conversely, when I start my day off like a slug, I feel pretty slug-like for the entire day.

I've also found that by eating healthier, I've improved my energy level tremendously. It's amazing how much energy is sucked from me when I eat a bunch of junk every day.

According to WebMD, these are the top 10 ways to boost your energy:
  1. Increase your magnesium intake. Foods like almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, whole grains, and fish are a great source of magnesium.
  2. Walk around the block. Just a brisk 10 minute walk is enough to increase energy levels.
  3. Take a power nap. A 60-minute nap can help revive us.
  4. Don't skip breakfast or any other meal.
  5. Reduce stress and deal with anger.
  6. Drink more water and less alcohol.
  7. Eat more whole grains and less sugar.
  8. Have a power snack. Eat something that combines protein, a little fat, and some fiber.
  9. Have a latte instead of just a cup of coffee.
  10. Check your thyroid function and complete blood cell count.
I want to hear from you. Do you find yourself with a lack of energy? How do you try to increase your energy levels? Do any of the WebMD suggestions work for you?

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