7 Ways to Support Your Energy

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Here are my 7 tips (hacks) for maintaining all day energy and helping to manage your busy life! Keep your energy up all day long! #ad #MyDayWithEnergy

So can we talk about energy levels right now?

Surely, you get me. It’s summer and no longer the very start of it. Maybe you’re chasing littles. Maybe you’re doing camp drop-offs and pick-ups with the startling realization that they are NOT easier than school drop-offs and pick-ups! In fact, they might be harder! They’re suspiciously early and you don’t have to put together a lunch, snack and backpack. Rather, it’s a lunch, two snacks, two changes of clothes, a clean towel (where on earth are the clean towels??), a swimsuit, an extra swimsuit, shoes, money for the snack bar, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, rain gear, and a signed summer field trip form.

And maybe you work a job or two, as well? And have a younger child at home? Whatever our reasons, summer can zap our energy. It’s the busy life, as with the school year, but with heat and humidity and kids afoot. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE summer – but sometimes if I’m not careful, I find myself losing motivation after 3:00pm or so. And I’m someone who needs to keep moving. I need regular exercise, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and a whole lot of water. Before summer began, I was actually nervous. I felt ill-prepared for the transition from having one in preschool and one in elementary school to having one in camp and one mostly home with me. Could I manage my already-busy life but in new summer style?

And then to be followed by back-to-school style, since this is a short summer for us?

I think my situation is unique in that I am 100% home and on-call for the kids, but I also work full-time. I work 2-3 jobs on a normal basis, and sometimes even take on a fourth. To say I’m busy is an understatement. Yet, I need to find balance in the over-scheduled times and in the downtimes, and I need to know when to take a break and when to power through. I need to figure out how to make sure my kids are safe and happy at all times, but I also need to make sure that I am, too. In fact, that’s just as important.

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Here are my favorite tips/tricks/hacks/ways of maintaining all day energy. I hope you’re inspired!

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1 – Get up at the same time every day. This is where I struggle with transitions from school to summer vacation and then from summer vacation back to school. Getting up at roughly the same time every day will help your circadian rhythm. Life changes, and the light changes, so you want to stay consistent. Bonus activity. Get yourself some morning light, assuming it’s not raining! Go for an early morning walk or eat breakfast/read the paper next to a sun-lit window.

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2 – Water before coffee. I know, I know, but bear with me. Here’s the secret. Save that coffee for when you really need it – when you feel more sleepy later in the day. In the morning, drink a full glass of water. This will set the tone for your whole day.

3 – Bust that stress. Does stress weigh you down? It does for me. Everyone has their own ways of busting stress, but some effective ways include laughter, stretching, yoga, long walks, reading a book/magazine, and doing a nice thing for yourself.

4 – Stretch it out. Whether you’re doing a few stretches at your desk or taking a whole yoga class, everyone agrees that it helps to fight the drooping energy levels in a big way.

5 – Evaluate your eating habits. Instead of grazing all day, try to eat your meals/snacks at the same time every day. And make sure you are pairing proteins with carbs. Protein helps me get through 13 hour days at the theme park with kids.

6 – Music. Breathing. Thinking. Whether you meditate or not, maybe you have found out how to find your happy, safe space. Whether you meditate, deep breathe into your abdomen and listen to music at the same time, or mix them up, these are three powerful ways to get your groove back. I tend to make separate times for all three, and then combine both silence and music, with deep breathing. Whether I’m slowing my thinking or my breathing, or speeding up my music, I re-energize.

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Winter Date Night Essentials.

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I will be the first to tell you, non-proudly, that date nights fall by the wayside in colder weather.

It’s the getting in and out of freezing cars and being shuffled into overheated and crowded restaurants. It’s the fact that one, two or all four family members might be sick in the fall and winter. It’s the fact that it’s my busy, busy season – the tail end of wedding and foliage season, right into the start of holiday card season. And that’s just photography. There’s blogging too. There’s his job. There’s his cough and my cold. There’s open house nights and Magic: The Gathering and Ladies Game Night and days I want nothing more than to take a peppermint bath and curl up with a bowl of popcorn. Alone, though.

Sometimes the odds are against us. And I want to change that.

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Sometimes it’s hard to feel sparky. Sparkly? No, sparky. You know the feeling. Crushy. Swoony. Dizzy, but in a good way. And since I took the time to post a 20 part love story on this blog when I was pregnant with my son and since my friend once told me that nearly every story I tell is romantic, it shouldn’t be too hard for me to channel a great date night. I’m a die-hard romantic and I’m a dreamer and I’d like to be even more of a do-er, since that seems to be my trend right now. What can I do during these cold nights? I can schedule a great date. I still love to get excited and dressed up for him, as if we’ve just met.

Here are my top five favorite winter date ideas:

1. Popped popcorn on the stove, maybe a sweet treat as well, and a holiday movie marathon.
2. Find a favorite cozy restaurant to visit again or discover – preferably one with soup.
3. Choose a movie theater and go, and see the first movie that’s about to play. No matter what!
4. Trivia Night at a bar! We have themed ones near us – like Star Wars and Harry Potter. Definitely no reason to miss.
5. Breakfast! If you’re really enterprising – hotel and then breakfast. This requires preparation which leads me to..

Five ways to prepare for date night:

1. Have a sitter you firmly trust. There are options out there – word-of-mouth, Care.com, or the local college job boards always have college students looking for extra work. We sometimes use a friend’s nanny, but make sure we do it only on days she’s not working for our friends. Another thing we do is line up grandparents for a date night, or overnight or weekend!
2. Get all work stuff done, out of the way and out of mind. I’m a workaholic and it’s hard for me to go through life without checking emails or voicemails. Give yourself time to do so to be fully present on the date. I actually just put my phone away, if I take it all, and leave Cassidy’s phone number with our sitters.
3. Put on good music. There is nothing so healing and inspiring to me as music. I am writing to it right now!
4. Have an outfit picked out. A special one. It’s hard for me not to wear the same ripped jeans I drop the kids off in, but date night is special. Pamper too. I love to do face masks and maybe take a hot bath. I don’t do those things often, so it is really special. It helps put me in the mood for an amazing time.
5. Stock your purse with date night essentials. In my case, that includes Emergen-C, ChapStick Total Hydration and Advil.

Since we have a weekend to ourselves soon, I went to Walmart earlier this week to get my favorite purse essentials.

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On one of my first dates with Cassidy ever, I started to feel like I was coming down with something and I didn’t want anything to spoil the date so I bought Emergen-C. Since then I always have it on hand. I really love the variety:

More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights
“Let Your Healthy Out”
With over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes, Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and FUN you’re looking for!

Advil is another important one for me. With the time you make for date night, it’s just precious, and you never know if it will be the one night you have a headache or any discomfort. Even if you’re not prone to headaches or discomforts, like I’m not, I still keep it in my purse to make sure nothing stands in my way:

Advil Liqui-Gels
Use as directed.
Nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers).
Muscle ache
Headache
Joint pain
Advanced liquid fast relief

My third purse essential for date night is ChapStick Total Hydration. It smells awesome and I love having soft lips. It’s sort of a thing with me. This is what I love about ChapStick Total Hydration:

100% Natural
Age defying
Advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils
Instantly smoothes and moisturizes
Visibly renews lips
With omega 6 & 9
Clinically proven healthier looking lips

What’s your favorite cold weather date? What’s in YOUR purse for date night?