In the daily juggle to get everything done and keep everyone happy, I often find my own energy levels flagging, especially by mid afternoon. Sometimes this will be because I haven’t had enough sleep (especially with a new baby in the house), other times it is from being stuck indoors (or worse, stuck on the computer working), and often times it is because I just haven’t eaten well enough throughout the day. Here are five ways that I endeavour to overcome the energy slump in an effort to make the most of each day…
#1 Be Prepared: One thing I learnt last year when I quit sugar was how important it was to be prepared for those times of day when the sugar craving was most likely to hit. In order to change my habit of reaching for chocolate to get over the mid-afternoon hump, I had to make sure that I had alternative, sugar free snacks ready and waiting. Knowing your own body and recognising when you are most likely to feel the energy slump can help you to be prepared with a plan to boost your energy level straight back up again.
#2 Eat Well: I need to eat small, regular meals and healthy snacks throughout the day to keep my energy levels on an even keel. I try to always have a good breakfast, including both protein and carbohydrates and I know that if I keep the fridge and cupboard stocked with healthy, easy, appealing snack food choices then I am more likely to eat well through the day. Some of the snacks that I regularly eat are;
- Fresh fruit – I have recently rediscovered bananas after not really being a banana fan for many years!
- Frozen berries
- Dip and crackers
- Toast (with a range of toppings)
- Dried fruit
And if I have more time and motivation, or want to involve Immy in the process;
- Fruit smoothies
- Breakfast smoothies
- Fruit balls, like these Apricot-Coconut Balls or Fruit Truffles
- Homemade Muesli Bars
#3 Get Hydrated: I remember the first time Lucy of Diminishing Lucy responded to my tweet about feeling tired mid-afternoon with the suggestion that I drink more water. Even if I feel like much more like a coffee, I will now drink a large glass of water first and then wait to see if I still need that coffee ten minutes later. And I know that a glass of water and a snack from the list above are much better for me than coffee and chocolate.
#4 Move: Pop the kids in the pram and go for a walk, turn on some music and dance, head outside and play a good, old fashioned game of chasey or hide and seek – our bodies are made to move but our modern day lifestyles often see us spending much of our time being still. Even when it is the last thing I feel like doing, I know that getting outside for a walk and some fresh air is going to perk me up much more than slouching on the couch.
#5 Wash It Away: Having a shower or even just washing your face can provide a refreshing pick me up, and often makes me feel like a whole new woman 😉
Please note: These suggestions are based on my research and experiences as a Mum, they do not constitute professional health advice.
What is your #1 suggestion for boosting flagging energy levels? Do you have any healthy snack suggestions?
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