The two things that affect my ability to be the wife and mom I desire too be, are lack of time and lack of energy. It seems like whenever I have one I don’t have the other. It’s extremely frustrating 😫
Ultimately, I know having more time is impossible. Everyone gets 24 hours in a day. But I know if I were more productive I would have more time to do the things I actually enjoy doing. Which in turn would make me feel like I had more time. But in order to be more productive I need more energy.
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For years I’ve reached for the quick fix. A cup of coffee or two or even an energy drink at times. And as much as I wanted to believe these quick fixes were the answers to my energy crisis, I soon realized they were actually doing more harm than good. More details about that below.
Over the past few years, I’ve been on a mission to get my energy back. The energy I had when I was younger. Before I became a wife and a mom. And what I’ve discovered is the solution to more energy is not easy but it is simple.
We need to get back to the basics and back to nature. That’s what our bodies need and desire. And when we give our bodies what they need and desire, our bodies reward us with the energy, good sleep and mental clarity we desire. If we treat our bodies right, our bodies will treat us right. So how do we get back to nature? How do we get back to the basics?
How to Have More Energy
Get Quality sleep
Do not underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. If sleep is low on your priority list, it’s no wonder you lack the energy you desire. On average, each person needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is not only extremely beneficial to our brains and energy levels, it also allows our muscles, bones, and organs to repair themselves and keeps our immune system healthy. If you’re struggling with getting a good night’s sleep read this post.
Everybody is different and eating healthy means different things for different people. One person may thrive on a vegan diet while another thrives on a paleo diet. It all comes down to each individual body. If you would like to start eating better but are unsure where to start I would suggest starting by cutting out all processed foods. Eat a clean, whole foods diet that is high in vegetables. The next thing I would suggest is keeping a food diary. Write down everything you eat through out the day and and how those foods make you feel. Figure out the foods that make you feel good and eat more of those foods.
Drink More Water
Dehydration can leave you feeling drained and fatigued. Make sure you’re getting enough water through out the day. There’s a lot of debate regarding how much water our bodies actually need. I try to drink half my body weight in ounces everyday and this keeps me feeling great. If you’re struggling to give your body the water it needs, read this post for tips on how to increase your water intake. Water really is the best energy drink. Read this post to discover more benefits of drinking water.
Eliminate Caffeine and sugary drinks
Although coffee and energy drinks may give you that boost of energy you desire, they will eventually send you crashing and you’ll end up more tired than you were before you drank it. The caffeine in coffee, blocks adenosine receptors. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that causes fatigue. Although caffeine prevents your brain from receiving adenosine, it doesn’t stop your body from producing the neurotransmitter. Thus, when the caffeine wears off, there is a buildup of adenosine that will make you extra tired. Coffee can also dehydrate you which can also lead to low energy. So the next time you feel like reaching for a cup of coffee or an energy drink, reach for a glass of water instead.
Drink fresh juice
There are many benefits to juicing. One of the best being increased energy. When you drink a glass of fresh juice your ingesting 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables in that one glass. All these nutrients support the energy cycle and metabolism within your body. Juicing also allows nutrients to be more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Juicing aids nutrient delivery by giving our digestive system a break and enabling our bodies to reduce the energy normally demanded by our digestion. Which allows our bodies to use that energy for other tasks.
I’m not a huge fan of vitamins and supplements. I believe when we treat our bodies right and eat healthy foods, our bodies naturally get the vitamins and nutrients they need. But sometimes we can become severely deficient in vitamins and nutrients. This can be due to prolonged stress on the body, poor diet or low stomach acid, among other things. When this is the case sometimes we need to take vitamins to get our levels back up quickly.
The best vitamins for energy are B and D. I recommend nutritional yeast for all your B vitamins. It is an all natural food source which is much better than synthetic. This is the one I use everyday. And this is the vitamin D supplement I use and recommend.
Light deprivation is one reason that people feel tired. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood and energy levels. Sunshine can also stimulate your body to produce vitamin D which can also boost your energy levels. So try to get at least 20-45 minutes of sunshine everyday. If for some reason that is not possible for you invest in a light box like this one.
Exercise increases energy levels in a few different ways. One way is by increasing mitochondria. Mitochondria are tiny, energy-producing organs found in every cell of the body. When we move around our bodies make more mitochondria to meet our energy needs. More mitochondria means more energy.
Another way is by increasing blood flow which helps deliver more oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen helps to create energy. Therefore, as more oxygen is being delivered throughout our bodies, energy is increased. If you need some fitness motivation check out this post!
Seek professional help
If you’ve tried all the suggestions on this list and you’re still struggling with low energy, you may be dealing with a serious health problem. Possibly adrenal fatigue, leaky gut syndrome, a thyroid disorder or something else. I would suggest you seek the help of a professional.
I really hope these tips help you. Life is too short to waste it being tired and sluggish. Become a better mom and wife by getting your energy back today!
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