Thank you to the makers of 5-hour™ TEA shots for sponsoring this post.
Let’s be real: the words “energy” and “Mom” do not play nicely together. Between late-night feedings or wakings (my son still wakes up and he’s 4!!) and general life demands, moms take on a lot.
I kept a small tally this weekend—just for fun!—and counted 5 meals I had cooked in under 24 hours. This was by 8 a.m. Monday morning and doesn’t include snacks!
THIS is why Mother’s Day is such a big deal. But that’s a topic for another day….
Today, I wanted to share my 5 secrets to staying energized as a busy mom.
Between my business, this blog, my one-year-old, 4-year-old, dog, husband, etc. etc. etc. I HAVE to stay energized or everything will crash and burn. And I have a hunch your house is the same way.
Here are a few tricks to stay energized all day long!
Move Your Body
Exercise is the secret to just about everything. From having a more positive attitude to less stress and disease risk, I know you know the power of exercise. So yes, a brisk morning jog or a yoga class will keep you energized!
But a workout doesn’t always happen, and that’s totally o.k. If I can, I try to do something quick yet efficient like a 28-minute workout on the Sweat app or a Daily Burn episode. If that doesn’t happen, my minimum commitment is five minutes of stretching. It’s an easy commitment to keep, will still give you some energy and put you in touch with your body.
Make it easy to stick to this habit; I keep my yoga mat in my office so I can take a quick break and stretch when needed. Sometimes it’s all I need to reset my mind and my body!
Try an Energy Shot
Whether you’ve hit an afternoon lull or need an a.m. boost, sometimes we need some extra energy in our lives. For that, I’ve been liking the 5-hour™ TEA shots, with caffeine from green tea leaves.
I am not one to consume coffee , so I love that this product gives me energy in a different way. Plus, there’s no added sugar and four calories! Now that’s something to get on board with.
There are also great flavor options like peach tea, raspberry tea, and lemonade tea; my personal favorite is the lemonade tea!
Set a Bedtime Alarm
I am a total night owl. I hate getting up and I hate going to bed!
We could binge watch Netflix or I could easily stay up late working on my blog.
But it does not make for nice mornings. Or productive ones, and lessons have been learned the hard way.
Committing to going to bed at the same time isn’t easy, but it makes a significant difference in how your energy will be throughout the day and the week.
To help get to bed on time, I use the Bedtime App on my iPhone and have a new rule in the house: no TV after 10 pm!
Snack Throughout the Day
It can be so easy to get caught up with the kids or work at my desk that I forget to eat. Guess what? Not only is it bad for you, but it’s also bad for your energy levels.
Make it easy by taking snacks with you or keeping some nearby. I keep some in my office so I don’t have to wander downstairs to find something and will stop to snack throughout the day. It really makes a difference in keeping my energy up!
You have to take a break for both your body and mind. There are apps that will remind you to stand if you’re into that kind of thing, I just use my dog. She needs to get out anyway, and a few minutes of fresh air is good for the both of us!
What are some ways that you keep your energy up throughout the day?