As a busy mother, energy may be one of the most important things you need to get through the day but unfortunately, often lack. With so much to take care of and worry about at home and, for some, at the workplace, it is hard to feel refreshed and healthy when a lot of your time is spent running around and doing your best to hold it all together for everyone else but yourself.
The good news is, even if taking a long vacation is out of the question for you right now or in the near future, there are still many ways with which you can add some pep to your step and seize the day (without falling asleep when you shouldn’t be!). All you have to do is start making the small changes we recommend below to see a big difference in how tired you (no longer) feel in the long run.
Drink water during the day – lots of it
Caffeine may sound like a really good option to stay awake, but in reality, too much of it overworks your adrenal glands. As such, it is important to get your 8 to 13-cup daily liquid intake through water to stay hydrated; as well as immunity-boosting green tea, which you can find at your nearest FairPrice store.
Consider a diet rich with vegetables
As delicious as it is, meat is harder to digest and stays in your stomach longer than vegetables – contributing to your sluggish-ness. By switching to a fresh, plant-based diet, you will get more vitamins and anti-oxidants that are likely to help you feel ‘lighter’ and in turn’ more energetic. Take your pick from the many varieties of dark and leafy greens that we offer at your nearest Fair Price store.
Take to the soap and suds
Need a quick pick-me-up? A shower or bath in the middle of the day works wonders – especially in Singapore’s hot weather. Be sure to pamper yourself even further by using an aromatic shower gel that is bound to lift your mood.
Get your move on
Studies have found that it is better to exercise than nap to replenish lost energy. Although this may sound a little daunting – especially if you already feel low on ‘fuel’, do keep in mind that it is not about going for a long gym session or a big workout. Rather, get creative and multi-task instead; from taking a quick walk around the block with your kids to using playtime to get active by cycling or rollerblading with them. This benefits the both of you and is more fun too!