Marisa Nieves, Fitness Expert for the May Energy Boosting Challenge has shared some great tips on how we can feel energised as busy mums:
Conscious daily activities that support increased energy are just as important, if not more important for mums with all the activities and sleep changes that being a mummy can bring.
Next time you are feeling tired at the end of a long night or day and feel the need to reach for the iPad or a coffee, try these 5 Energy Boosters instead.    5 energy boosting activities f
1) Ditch the Tech – After a long day is not uncommon to want to sit down, turn on Netflix or grab the iPad. While physical rest is imperative for relaxation and recovery, technology may have less stress-reducing effects than we may think. Turning off the gadgets, spending some time in nature or simply opening the curtains to let some light in can relax the brain rather than stimulate it and help to rejuvenate the mind, restore focus and improve energy levels.
2) Turn it Up – Research shows uplifting music can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase feel-good hormones which in turn increases energy. Recent studies show that people who listen to restful music before bed actually sleep better and show less signs of stress in daily life.
3) Boost Positivity – Ever noticed that happy people tend to have more energy? Simply choosing better feeling thoughts toward yourself, your body and your life, can have a positive effect on energy levels. Fill your body with fresh air by taking 5 deep breaths to reset your nervous system and then think of 5 things you are grateful for in everyday life. You may be surprised how quickly your body responds with a boost of positive energy.
4) Stay Hydrated – One of the fastest ways to boost your mood and energy is to drink a glass of water. When your cells are dehydrated they shrink and even brain cells find it more difficult to function well. When you are out and about in the heat of the day, make sure you water your brain cells regularly so you can stay on top of your game and feeling good.
5) Move It – Science shows that people who are physically active feel more energetic than more sedentary people. The body is designed to move and flush out toxins and simply choosing new ways to move your body may wake up sluggish or inactive areas. If you are sitting in a chair, try rolling your feet forward and backward from your heels to to your toes or take your arms up overhead to increase blood flow. Begin moving your body in new ways outside of your workout time. Shake it, wiggle it, step up the pace. Keeping your circulation moving will help the cells to work at their optimum, stimulate neurotransmitters and increase energy.
If you’re feeling drained after a long day, exhausted after a night on little sleep or simply just not feeling your best, turn to these simple at-home strategies for an all-natural energy booster.
Love the Healthy Mummy team xxx

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