Kids are hard work. Keeping up with different activities, changing schedules, school, meals, cleaning messes, and other things get into is tiring, not to mention working and finding time for yourself. The age old question for parents remains, how do I give myself enough energy to do all the things a parent has to do? This week’s blog post is a compilation of some simple tips and tricks to have more energy- for your kids and for yourself.
- Routines, routines, routines. A great way to trick yourself into having more energy is to establish routines within your family life. It may take a few tries, but once your brain can “shut itself off” and you automatically fall into your routine, you will feel like you have much more energy to focus on other things.
- Stretch This one is really simple, and doesn’t have to take very long. If you are feeling low energy or just tired in general, take a minute or two to stretch out your muscles. You don’t have to do anything fancy, just get the blood pumping back throughout your body and you will very quickly feel more awake and ready to take on your next task.
- Lay off the coffee. While this one sounds a little drastic, drinking too much coffee daily can have some serious negative side affects, including insomnia and low energy. The more coffee you take, the more you need to take in order to feel its affects. By reducing your coffee intake, your body can “reset” itself and its sleep schedule. You don’t have to quit coffee cold turkey, but this is a great way to renew your energy for the long-term (plus it saves you money!)
- Create a killer playlist. Do you have a song that really pumps you up and makes you ready to take on whatever life throws at you? Listen to it! And better yet, make a whole playlist of songs that make you feel good! It may seem like a silly thing, but listening to music that inspires you makes your day much easier to tackle. Dancing never hurts, either!
- Listen to your body. If you are more tired than you’re thinking you should be based on your daily activities, your fatigue may be due to an underlying health issue. Always go to the doctor if you are concerned about your energy levels, and remember to take care of yourself as well as your kids.