Being a parent is exhausting, especially if you have an infant in the house. It’s an all-day, all-week job without many breaks. Ideally you would get a full night of sleep and feel refreshed every day, but that isn’t always possible. When you feel like you’re dragging, use these tips to get some energy.
- Laugh out loud. Laughing releases endorphins in our brain that makes us feel better. They keep us refreshed and awake. They also ward of depression and heart disease. Regular laughing can profoundly improve our health. If you can’t find something to laugh at, fake one – faking a behavior can often stimulate the physiological response.
- Get some quick exercise. Bursts of exercise cause the release of endorphins, helps your body take in oxygen and raises your metabolism. You don’t need to run five miles; just some quick, burst exercises like jumping rope, run up the stairs, a few lunges or squats, march your feet while you cook, or play actively with the kids.
- Give yourself a quick massage. Massages stimulate nerve endings and increase blood flow. The increased circulation. You can give yourself a boost by rubbing your temples, earlobes, and the base of your skull behind your ears.
- Smell something zesty. Certain scents stimulate our bodies and brains enough to wake us up and focus our attention. If you have it available, inhale deeply on a lime, orange, lemon, grapefruit, mint leak or peppermint tea.
- Chug a bottle of water. Slight dehydration can affect your mood before you feel thirsty. Long-term dehydration can leave you with headaches and fatigue. If you feel you haven’t had much to drink during the day, down a bottle real quick.
- Take a bath or shower. This might be tough to swing in the middle of the day when the kids are running around, but it’s a good way to wake up in the morning if you rise before the kids. Feeling clean feels wonderful, but water also stimulates the thousands of nerves all over our body and gives us an awake and alive feeling.
- Get some mom time. You aren’t being a bad mom if you park your kids in front of the TV for 30 minutes or leave baby in the play yard. Part of being a good parent means taking care of yourself as well. Sometimes that means taking just a few minutes to do something you like.
- Eat your energy. Nosh on something with a strong mix of carbohydrates and protein. These will give you long-term, clean energy. Avoid the sugary stuff like candies and energy drinks, even though they give you bursts of short term energy (which do have their uses, but I don’t recommend you make them a habit). Great snacks include: a bagel with peanut butter, whole-grain cereal and fruit, and trail mix.
- Stand up straight! When you slouch or lean, your ribs compress everything inside of you, making it tough for your lungs to get a full breath. The lack of oxygen, over time, can cause you to move sluggishly.
- Turn on some music. Music has a fascinating way of altering our mood. Happy music makes us happy and sad music makes us sad. Use this to your advantage by putting on something with a lively beat.
- Mind your own bedtime. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean sleep isn’t important. For the same reason your kids have to get to bed, so should you. Pick a reasonable bedtime and stick to it. Don’t lay down with the TV on or your phone in your hand; go to sleep.
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Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
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