Dr Peter Succar heads up the Product Research Team at Healthy Being and is an enthusiastic Health & Fitness Lifestyle Coach. He’s passionate about helping others obtain optimum health, advocating realistic and achievable changes in diets and lifestyles that promote the body’s natural immunity, its ability to self-heal and achieve overall mental and physical well-being.
School lunches. Housework. Preparing Dinner. Soccer Practice. With what feels like a million items on your to-do list, does the mere thought of how you’ll make it through the day drain you?
If so, you aren’t alone. Many mums find themselves running on fumes so to speak as they try and keep up with the hectic pace of life. Whether you have one child or a handful of kids, time to rest and recharge is not likely on your agenda.
Is this feeling of fatigue something that you can expect to feel for the next 10-15 years until your kids are grown?
Not if you put the following energy boosting secrets into action. While they may not refresh you like a ten-hour sleep will (but we both know that isn’t likely coming anytime soon!), they’ll definitely put a bit more pep in your step and help you get through your day ahead.
Here’s what to know.
How to overcome tiredness as a mum
Rehydrate, add Lemon to Your Water
Seems like a weird way of trying to gain more energy, right? The theory here is that by adding a bit of flavor to your water, you’ll be enticed to drink more over the course of the day. Staying hydrated is one of the top requirements for maximizing your energy level, so this can make a big difference in how you’re feeling.
A cheat tip: A great way to rehydrate is to use a natural electrolyte, mineral rich dissolvent. Check out the great range from Nuun Active, a single dissolvable tablet not only replenishes your electrolytes, but also provides a healthy dose of potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Ask yourself this: when was the last time you are certain you downed at least 8 glasses of water a day?
If you can’t answer that question, there’s a very high chance you’re currently in a dehydrated state. This tip will help you overcome that.
Take 10: The Essential Energy Boosting Power Nap
While you may not be able to carve a few hours out of the day for ‘you’ time, you should be able carve out at least ten minutes. You will be amazed what slowing down for just ten minutes and really reaching a state of deep relaxation can do for you.
Find somewhere quiet and sit and just focus on your breathing. In and out, don’t let yourself dwell over everything you feel like you should be doing at this point. That will only rob you of the revitalization benefits this exercise offers.
You might take this one step further and go someplace that helps distress you. Whether it’s out to your garden, into a quick hot bath for a few minutes, or looking at a view of the ocean on your computer.
By distancing yourself from your stress and the constant business going on in your mind for even just a few minutes, it can help give you that reboot you need.
Pre-Plan your Energy Boosting Snacks
Being well-nourished is key if you hope to sustain energy each day, but most busy mums feed themselves last. It may feel like you have the best intentions to eat regularly, but once you finally get your kids fed, it’s off to soccer practice you go.
To help avoid this scenario, pre-plan your snacks in advance. Come up with easy to prepare snacks you can take with you on the go.
Munching on seaweed snacks for example works great (also works wonders for weight loss). Or, maybe it’s a small container of plain Greek yogurt with blueberries and almonds. You might decide to keep a natural protein bar in your purse for emergency times.
There’s a huge selection of convenient, natural and organic snacks out there that are perfect for on the run situations! Whatever you prefer, get these snacks in place so that you always have nourishment on hand. This way, no matter how busy you get, you can grab them and go. You wouldn’t expect a car to run without gas so why expect your body to without food?
Get Yourself some Natural Supplements
When all is said and done, tiredness and a lack of energy can simply come down to a vitamin and mineral deficiency. Running around, skipping meals, filling up on the kids leftovers, can all lead to some serious nutritional deficiencies – consider also, soil depletion, GMO’s and chemicals often mean that even everyday fruits and vegetables from your local supermarkets are vitamin and mineral deficient, falling seriously short of providing your nutritional requirements
In such cases, consider taking a daily dose of organic supplements. It’s an easy way to ensure your body gets what it needs and produce the energy to keep you going, not to mention improving your overall health! For example, organic spirulina tablets and powders provide a potent dose of all the vitamins and minerals your body will need for a day, including all your B complexes for sustained energy. You can also find green superfood combinations that bring together some of the most notoriously dense, bioavailable plants in the world. Consider for a moment natural Hawaiian Astaxanthin, as a potent antioxidant it is 4 times stronger than beta carotene and is a massive 6000 times stronger than vitamin C – did anyone say supermum?
When you consider all the great, organic superfoods available, it’s no wonder so many people in the western world are ditching processed, isolated multi-vitamins sold at your local chemist – when it comes to optimum nutrition, nature knows best.
So keep these tips in mind and you can put a bit more energy back into your day. Being a mum is hard work – there’s no denying that – but you don’t have to feel burnout as you do it.