Motherhood can be exhausting! When you are seriously depraved of sleep, your energy levels are inevitably low, at a time when, because you have a baby and possibly other children to look after, they need to be high.
The easy option to boost energy levels is to have a sugary snack, but this won’t do you any favours in the long-term, particularly to your figure. There are other options to boost your vitality without reaching for the biscuits. Here’s some great energy tips for mums.
With a million and one jobs to do in the morning, it is easy to neglect yourself and go without breakfast. Research has proven that those who eat a healthy breakfast, which is high in fibre, are less prone to becoming tired throughout the day. Make sure your morning routine includes you sitting down to a bowl of cereal, slice of wholemeal toast and a glass of juice; it will help keep your energy levels up until lunchtime.
Fatigue is made worse when you are dehydrated. Getting into the habit of drinking a glass of water every hour will help to keep you revitalised and brimming with energy.
Eat a light lunch
A heavy lunch, full of stodgy carbohydrates and meat, is guaranteed to make you yawn all afternoon. Keep lunches light, such as salads or a jacket potato, and you will be less inclined to feel sleepy in the afternoon.
Have a power nap
Power naps are a great way to boost energy levels and revitalise yourself. When your baby is asleep take a power nap, even five minutes can make all the difference.
Whilst exercise might be the last thing on your mind when you are feeling tired, going for a gentle jog or a brisk walk will help perk you up and give you some much depleted energy back.
Make sure your brain gets some exercise throughout the day. Devote some time in your daily routine to an interesting activity which will stimulate your brain. It could be reading a chapter of a good book, or doing a crossword or something creative that is a change to the many mundane jobs such as washing and ironing motherhood inevitably creates.
Try and eat your main meal early enough so that it is properly digested by the time you go to bed, as it will help you sleep more easily and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another day!