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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How I Got My Groove Back.

This is probably preliminary because I haven’t really gotten my groove back yet.

There was a moment on Friday night, in which I got pretty darn close. After a very fun and successful Passover Seder, and following a hard week – smack dab in the middle of another virus within the family – I felt strong again. We put the kids in their pajamas before leaving Grandma’s house at night after dessert, and they both fell asleep within minutes in the car. Actually, I must explain the power of Des. He really wanted to see Christmas lights so he stayed awake at first. With it being early April, I wasn’t sure he’d get his wish. He totally did. Two houses and even a bar in downtown Middle-Of-Nowhere had a really nice Christmas tree and lights display. In early April. Well if the shoe fits, New England. And this shoe does fit.

Ask and you shall receive, young Des.

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After joyously yelling, “Lights!” Both kids fell asleep. We got home in silence and both carried a kid inside and snuggled them into bed, and then we both bid goodnight and snuggled the kid we hadn’t carried to bed from the car. They stirred.

“Goodnight, Mama. I love you. I love you. I love you.”

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Then I felt really good and I felt really solid and I felt really happy, until a catfight outside in the middle of the night made my heart pound. It made my breath shorten. I didn’t have an anxiety attack, and I didn’t even think that being unsettled by coming out of a deep sleep to the yowling sounds of cats is unusual, but something in the sound and the heart pound made me remember what is still tangled up inside. There are still conflicting feelings and choices to make and things to work on.

There always will be. I know that. But I believe a good untangling is due every so often, just to ease things along.

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That doesn’t mean I can’t feel fantastic about what I have accomplished in the last tough month, and what I have accomplished in the last tough year. I have pretty much broken myself open, if only to feel more solidly put back together.

Even though I still feel stale and exhausted a lot, and not quite recovered from my consistent work projects. Even though viruses still ravage the kids and threaten us. Even though my writing and photography have been somewhat put on the back burner, and I’ve been trying to do other things that don’t make me sparkle as much. I can still celebrate. I can still take an hour to myself to upload some sunny farm photos. I can still celebrate how far I’ve come, and how much warmth and solidity is in my near future. Let them all eat cake, I say. Even if you’re trying to cut down on sugar because it makes you exhausted.

We all need cake sometimes. And we all need our sunshine.

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