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Are you a new mom who’s low on energy? Wondering how to quickly give yourself an energy boost so you can make it through the day? As a new mom, keeping your energy levels up can be difficult.
Postpartum fatigue is a big struggle for new moms, and the reasons are usually quite obvious. There’s so much to do and a whole lot of new responsibilities so moms tend to forget to take care of themselves, even when their bodies need time for healing.
Forgetting to take care of yourself often results in low energy, which is counterproductive. How can you take care of someone else when you aren’t being taken care of? Let’s take a look at 9 quick and easy ways to boost your energy throughout the day.
1. Add Supplements to Your Daily Routine
As soon as your body is low on important vitamins and nutrients, you start to feel sluggish. Postpartum women are often low in iron, B vitamins, and zinc. Eating a balanced diet and supplementing with multivitamins specifically designed for postpartum women can drastically improve your energy levels and overall health. Just be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife before starting any new supplements or medications.
So, if you’re constantly feeling exhausted, that might be part of the reason why. Make sure you’re getting the right vitamins into your body to keep it in working order. A great way to do that is by taking a daily vitamin that will supplement the missing nutrients. Otherwise, some OBs recommend continuing a prenatal vitamin for the first few months,
Keep magnesium and vitamin D in mind because they are great ways to help boost your energy. Another good thing about Vitamin D is? It will help with any feelings of depression (which is common after having a baby – typically referred to as the baby blues.)
(Note: If you’re always feeling low energy and feel you might be depressed or battling postpartum depression, please reach out to your doctor or support network for help).
2. Make Sure To Get Restful Sleep
This tip might not seem quick, but it’s an important factor in keeping your energy up as a new mom and battling postpartum fatigue. Getting the right amount of sleep each night is probably one of the most important things you can do to help boost your energy daily.
I know what you’re thinking – how does a new mom get a full night’s sleep with a newborn baby around? A good idea is to set an early bedtime for yourself so you can get the restful sleep you need. Because it doesn’t matter if you get 7 straight hours of sleep – if you wait until you’re totally wiped out from trying to do everything, your sleep will suffer, and you will feel tired and sluggish.
So, mama, go to bed as early as you can so that you’ll feel rested and energized the next day. Let that list of to-dos go, ask for help, and get some much needed rest.
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3. Eat the right foods
Try to stay away from sugar as much as possible. Sugar may give you a temporary boost, but you will crash later. High blood sugar will also affect your body’s ability to heal postpartum.
4. Get Moving
There are so many benefits to exercise, including more energy. I know it sounds crazy, and you might think exercise will just burn a lot of energy. But if you make it a habit to exercise for 30 minutes a day (after you allow your body to heal for the first 6 weeks or so), your body will work better overall, and you will see that you have more energy.
If the weather is nice, put your baby in the stroller and take a walk. According to this article, early morning brisk walks can actually increase your energy for the rest of the day! Another idea is to ease back into exercising through some simple yoga routines. Whatever type of movement suits you, make a point to do it every day.
5. Get Social
Making time for friends is one of the best ways to increase your energy and overall happiness as a new mom. Even just a phone call can do the trick. You’re sure to feel better, whether it’s just to unload or a lighthearted conversation filled with laughter.
I don’t know about you, but once I get to talking to someone and getting my thoughts out, my energy is super boosted.
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6. Take a Power Nap
This energy-boosting tip is actually one that can also help your sanity as a new mom!
It’s the middle of the day, and your baby is napping. You really need to get started on that laundry and all the other things on your long “to-do” list, but let me clarify: IT CAN WAIT.
Your mental and physical well-being is much more important, so take the opportunity to nap when you can. Make it a 10 – 20-minute nap so it doesn’t disrupt your nightly sleep. Even in that short amount of time, you’re sure to wake up feeling more energized.
7. Boost Energy With Essential Oils
According to Aromatherapy Associates, smelling certain scents can trigger our brains to react in different ways.
So, if you’re looking to boost your energy, try diffusing lemon and/or peppermint essential oils because they’re linked to energy (lemon also helps your immune system, and they smell lovely too – talk about added bonuses!)
Inhalation is also the best way to absorb oils’ healing properties.
8. Meditate To Lower Your Stress Level
Stress can cause many problems, but have you ever noticed your energy gets zapped when you’re stressed out? This will also affect your postpartum recovery.
Of course, you can’t control every external stressor, but you can choose how to react and handle your problems when they are thrown your way. One way to do this is through meditation.
This could be as simple as stopping to close your eyes and breathe when you’re overwhelmed. Or more in-depth by practicing meditation for a few minutes each day. You’ll feel your stress level decrease and your energy increase which is exactly what you need as a new mom to combat that postpartum fatigue!
9. Drink more water
Getting your fill of water for proper body function (and healing) is important. It is, after all, what makes up most of our body. I try to drink half my weight in ounces every day.
Besides the fact that it will give you more energy, your skin will be more hydrated, you’ll flush toxins out of your body (including lactic acid, which makes our muscles sore,) and your body will just work better all around.
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