With a new job, going into the office Monday through Friday again, waking super early to keep up my fitness routine, and oh yes, the demands that come with raising three kids, I’ve been just a little tired lately.
Still, like the phases of childhood, I know this too shall pass. Soon I won’t need to make my brain work quite so hard on every task (scheduling a conference room and learning where people sit). I’ll settle into a new routine. Work will fall into place.
But let’s be serious. Battling low energy levels is often a challenge for even the most organized and together working mom. You generally have no time to yourself and likely way early and tackle tasks late into the night.
It is what it is, so that means us working moms need to get creative finding ways to eek out more energy and care for ourselves.
So what’s an exhausted gal to do? Here are five ways I’m fighting off slumping into a couch after work.
- Stay committed to working out, and try to do it in the morning. If you’re anything like me, you’re wiped by the end of the day, or your kids need shuttling for evening practices and activities. As much as I’d love to cling to my sheets, I will myself up in the early morning and knock out my exercise before I head into the office. If you have a gym or the ability to workout at lunch, that’s another way to get a boost. After I complete the workout, I find I’m ready for the day and sport more energy.
- Eat right and eat often. I’m not a dietician, but I’ve found if I keep my body fueled from morning to night with the right foods, I stay more focused and energized. I always eat breakfast, a morning snack, a nice lunch and then try to avoid the sugar craving at 3 p.m. Sometimes, chocolate wins. I’m human and I’m female. So yes, sweets often enter the picture. Oh well!
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I bring a large reusable water bottle and sip water throughout the day. I’m not a coffee gal, but I do like tea and also Starbucks Refreshers. I’m still trying to kick the soda habit, so I’m experimenting with flavored water and fused teas as healthier alternatives.
- Consider supplements and/or oils. I recently started using a line called HUM, specifically their Uber Energy and Here Comes the Sun supplements*. I think it gives me a little boost. I’m also a huge advocate of integrating oils into your life. I love using lavender before bed, or if I’m stressed. But when it comes to needing an energy kick, I turn to peppermint or eucalyptus. A quick whiff or rub to my temples and I get a little more pep.
- Get your sleep. Seriously! When you’re a working mom, there will never be enough hours in the day. I could always stay up a little later to straighten up the house, or get sucked into reality TV, or catch up on email. Instead, I really try to adhere to a regular bedtime. Boring perhaps, but necessary. With a 5:10 a.m. alarm clock (my husband), that means turning in by 10 p.m. at the latest. Last week I nearly killed myself staying up until 11 p.m. and I paid for it the next day. For those of you who can run on less sleep, I’m jealous.
So nothing earth-shattering here, but it’s what I’m doing to be as energized as possible. Ideally, I’d love to sleep until 7:30 a.m. every day, but that schedule is not possible for now. Someday … a tired working mom can dream, right?
What tips or techniques do you embrace to keep your energy levels up?
*I was given samples of HUM’s products, but the opinions are my own.