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This is a guest post by Courtney Bardo from ScatterBrainedMom.com. She shares 9 quick and easy (and natural!) ways to boost your energy as a new mom.
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, it can feel difficult to keep your energy levels up.
There’s so much to do and a whole lot of new responsibility so moms tend to forget to take care of themselves.
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.
Add Supplements into Your Daily Routine
As soon as your body is low on important vitamins and nutrients, you start to feel sluggish.
So, if you’re constantly feeling on the tired side that might be 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.
Keep magnesium and vitamin D in mind because they are great ways to help boost your energy.
Another good thing about Vitamin D?
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).
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.
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 actually have a chance to 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.
RELATED READ: 12 Tips to Wake Up Early Without Feeling Tired
Eat the right foods
Try to eat energy boosting foods like fatty fish, beans, whole grains, bananas.
Try to stay away from sugar as much as possible.
Sugar may give you a temporary boost but you will crash later.
Sugar also prevents your body from working properly as a whole which definitely won’t help you increase your energy.
Believe it or not, caffeine (in moderation) is actually better for you than sugar.
Try drinking a cup of green tea for a metabolism boost as well.
There are so many benefits to exercise, including more energy.
I know it sounds crazy and you might think exercise is just going to burn a bunch of energy.
But if you make it a habit to exercise for 30 minutes a day, 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.
One of the best ways to increase your energy and overall happiness as a new mom is to make time for friends.
Even just a phone call can do the trick.
Whether it’s just to unload or a lighthearted conversation filled with laughter, you’re sure to feel better.
I don’t know about you but once I get to talking to someone and getting my thoughts out, my energy is super boosted.
RELATED READ: 33 Self-Care Ideas That Will Make You a Better Mom
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 make this clear, 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.
Boost Energy With Essential Oils
According to the Aromatherapy Associates smelling certain scents can trigger our brain 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 for the healing properties of oils to be absorbed.
Meditate To Lower Your Stress Level
Stress can cause all kinds of problems but have you ever noticed your energy gets zapped when you’re stressed out?
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 an breath when you’re feeling 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!
Drink more water
It’s important to get your fill of water for proper body function.
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.
So, there you have it.
9 easy and quick ways you can boost your energy every day.
Do you have any energy boosting things you do?
I would love to hear about them!
Sound off in the comment section!!