Summer is coming and I’m already looking for ways to increase my energy levels to keep up with the kids. For those of you who don’t know it, I’m a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, an aunt, a grandma, a real estate agent, and a teacher, and as if I didn’t have enough to do already, we’ve recently just built a new farmhouse and farm. We now have a large property to keep up with as well as animals. We’ve started a garden and planted dozens of fruit trees.
My energy level is going to be stretched to the max this summer with keeping up with just the kids and home life and now I’m going to be pulled in every direction as well.
I’ve put together a list of things that I’ve started doing now to prepare for the summer months and wanted to share them with you as you face similar circumstances with your own kids being out of school for the summer.
When it comes to your health, there are so many different things that you need to be doing at all times. It can often feel exhausting. One minute you are trying one piece of advice and feel on track and the next it’s all gone out the window because something new has come along. When you’re constantly playing around with your diet, exercise, and lifestyle like this, it can wreak a lot of havoc on your energy levels. And if you often feel lethargic, this can be bad news. So, instead of worrying about different fads, why not work on boosting your energy levels? You should find you feel a lot healthier in yourself as a result, so let’s look at how you can make that happen.
We all know that we have to watch what we eat if we want to stay healthy. From keeping our bodies running as best as they can to avoiding obesity, it’s one of the simplest rules to stick to for a healthy life. But, did you know that what you eat influences your energy levels too? There’s a reason that you always feel so sluggish after eating junk! When you eat a balanced diet enriched with vitamins and minerals, whole grains and proteins, you will find that your body gets a boost in energy too.
Exercise will often do it for you too. Although you may feel as if exercise is hard work and takes up a lot of time, it will definitely have a positive effect on your energy levels. For starters, it gets blood and oxygen pumping around your system which helps your body function as it should. Then, as it says on many sites, you’ll find that exercise releases the right chemicals and formulas in your body to improve your energy levels. So over time, you will feel a lot more full of life.
Drink More Water
You should also aim to increase the amount of water that you drink if you want to improve your energy levels too. Our bodies are made up of mainly water, and when we are dehydrated, they can not run right. But, when you’re staying hydrated with more water in your system, your energy system gets a big boost.
Get More Sleep
Then, you should also think about getting a better quality of sleep. As it says on Oprah.com, energy levels, and sleep are closely related. As we sleep, our bodies heal and repair, and they get us ready for the next waking period. When you don’t sleep enough, or you don’t get a high enough quality of sleep, you are not giving your body the best chance to repair. So, sleep better, and your energy levels should follow suit.
Switch Off Your Mind
And finally, you will do your energy levels the world of good if you learn to switch off your brain – especially before bed. When your mind runs at a million miles a minute, you are exhausting your brain and your body. But, by learning to switch off, you can calm your mind, let yourself recharge, and reap the benefits of more energy. This is the hardest one for me to follow but I’ve found that after investing in a good white-noise sleep sound machine, my sleep has really improved.
What is the one area you need to work on the most to increase your energy levels?