Since I’ve been pregnant my energy has plummeted. I understand with good reason. However, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. I have found that these natural energy boosters work for me. I definitely notice when I start slacking on too many of them.
Pregnant or not we all need a little energy boost throughout the day. I’m sure these will help you as well.
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7 Natural Energy Boosters
- Go outside – You don’t even have to do anything while you are there, just soak up some sun and vitamin D. Breath in some fresh air. I would say a minimum of 20 minutes. The youngest and I have started eating our lunch picnic style in the backyard and I can’t tell you how much that sun and fresh air help!
2. Stay hydrated – Our bodies are made up of between 60 – 75% water, crazy huh!? When you are dehydrated we lose strength and stamina. To know how much water you should be drinking take your weight and divide it by half. That is the amount in ounces you should be drinking. Or get a fun water bottle like this one that has times printed on the side. If you have a hard time drinking water try some of these flavor options that I really enjoy. Also, keep in mind that when you have drinks with caffeine you will need additional water to compensate for the caffeine.
3. Eat smaller more frequent meals – This is a big one for me. You don’t want to suffer from a food coma every afternoon or evening. Our body needs constant fuel. Healthier, small meals more often help keep our blood sugar stable. Keeping our mood and energy level more constant instead of on a roller coaster ride. If you aren’t big on eating several small meals try having some of these healthy snacks in between meals. I would also recommend making sure you have protein with each meal and/or snack, read here to find out why.
4. Workout midday – This doesn’t have to be a huge excursion. Check out my blog here on how to sneak in exercise throughout your day. All you need is 10 minutes. There have been several studies that suggest working out in the middle of the day increase your productivity.
5. Stretching and breathing – This is especially helpful if you are feeling drained due to stress. My mantra, which I often recite to myself and tell my kids, is “In with the good, out with the bad” as we take deep breaths in and out. It always helps recenter me and the extra oxygen going to the brain usually helps energize me. Stretching you can go full-on into yoga poses if you want. Or just stand and touch your toes and then stretch backward as you arch your back a little, roll your shoulders back a handful of times. It can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
6. Take quality vitamins & supplements – Even when we eat healthy 100% of the time (and let’s be honest we aren’t eating 100% healthy & clean 100% of the time) our diet is lacking in vital nutrients. We simply can’t get all that we need from our food alone. I know it seems silly but I can always tell when I have forgotten to take my vitamins each day. Not only in my mood but also in my energy. Read this post to find out more on the importance of taking a high-quality vitamin.
7. Get a good nights sleep – Last but not least and certainly not the easiest 😉 . It is recommended as adults that we get 7 – 9 hours of sleep. We know it is important for kids to get their rest but somewhere along the way we forgot it is still just as important for us. We might not be growing like our kids are anymore but a lot still goes on for us while we are sleeping. Our bodies go through a great deal each day and they need that downtime to heal and rejuvenate. Read here to get some great tips on how to get a better nights sleep.
What about you? Do you have any tips or natural energy boosters that help you boost your energy throughout the day? Leave a comment below.
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