I own two separate businesses, parent three crazy busy Dudes, sit on the board of two PTAs, and volunteer for more than one of my children’s sports teams. Some how I throw in walking the dog, showering, jamming food in my face, occasional house cleaning and laundry, three gym workouts a week, and high fiving my husband when we pass each other in the kitchen around bed time. Almost always with a smile.
People ask me when I sleep.
My answer? Uhhhh, never? (Seriously, I need to work on this, because SO TIRED). Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Fortunately I have a few other, more useful tricks for feeling energized and making the most of each day up my sleeve.
Energy Boosters: 5 Easy Ways to Have More Energy & Feel Good All Day
1. Forget the Snooze. I used to get annoyed when people would tell me I’d feel better if I slept more. Well, duh! Of course a strong 9 hours of sleep each night would up my ability to be awesome, only here’s the thing: I’m a mom. And, especially when I was a mom to small children, a full night of anything other than crying was just unlikely. I did discover a way to start my morning off better though: set my clock to the same time every day and get up when my alarm goes off. No snooze button for me. I find that I feel happier and more energetic if I don’t doze off over and over again in the morning. Plus, my internal clock has officially set itself to optimal-wake-up-time so I don’t even need to hear that annoying beep anymore to be roused.
2. Get Your Grub On. A few years ago I was an all-I-need-is-coffee-coffee-COFFEE kind of chick then I realized that I was turning into a GOGOGOOOOCRASH kind of chick. I replaced my loads of coffee with a sensible breakfast when I discovered that coffee jitters make you pretty unproductive because eventually you end up asleep in the car rider line at your kids’ school drooling on yourself until the crossing guard taps on your window with her stop sign. Great way to lose cool mom points. Eat an energizing meal instead, you’ll feel better, and people won’t point and whisper when you show up at your kids’ school.
3. Work in a work out. Even when I’m exhausted hitting the gym gives me a boost of energy to make it through the rest of my day. Even a walk around the block with the dog can do the trick.
4. Rub some sunshine on your face. I like to take breaks from work to get out into the sunlight. Even on gloomy days, taking time to go out of my gloomy basement office and into the fresh air can be a serious perk up.
5. Get pretty. Sure, a no-bra-just-jammie day here and there is a must for human sanity, but spending every day in my house pants unshowered and make up free is sort of a drag. For optimal performance I treat every work day like, um, a work day even if I don’t have to go out of my front door to get to my office. I may not put on full make up and heels, but I do make it so that should the opportunity arise to get a sudden pedicure meet a perspective client at 2pm I’d be ready to roll on that.
*Today’s sponsored post is part of the Healthy Essentials program by Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood. I’ve been compensated for my participation in this program. I plan to ask them to pay me in nap times in the future.