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By Tallulah Ray
These days we’re all running around like chickens with our head cut off. Especially stay-at-home moms: make breakfast, get the kids ready for school, make lunches, drop the kids off at school, dry cleaning, grocery store, bank, post office, pick up the kids at school, soccer practice, dinner, baths, put everyone to bed, crash.
I’m not even going to get into the schedules of busy women entrepreneurs, and business-women with families. I get tired just thinking about it. I’ve seen women guzzle Red Bulls, 5-hour Energies, and other chemicals just to have enough energy to move on to the next errand or task. There has to be a healthier way to get a boost of energy, right? Right!
Well here it is; my top nine healthy ways to boost your energy level through the roof. No harsh chemicals. No neon colors when you go to the bathroom. No crashes.
#1) Coffee and Tea
Tea is much healthier than coffee but they are both natural and they both have their health benefits. Coffee and tea are filled with the magic caffeine but don’t drink too much.
You can easily become dependent on caffeine, which can have some annoying repercussions if your body doesn’t get as much as it wants. Normally just headaches (but no one likes those) and stains on your teeth (from the coffee and tea).
So let’s look at even healthier energy boosters, shall we?
#2) Green Juices and Tea
I know that I already talked about tea, but green tea is in a whole different category, all on its own. It’s got a lot of health benefits including antioxidants, which will give your skin a healthy glow and help you stay healthy.
Not only that but there is a magic drink called “Green Juice.” It is truly made by the gods: healthy, boosts your energy, loads of vitamins and minerals, etc. So what’s in it? The base is made up of 2-4 leaves of kale, 2-4 leaves of romaine lettuce, 1 inch ginger root, half a lemon (with the seeds removed), one apple (cored), and a clove of garlic. After that, add whatever veggie you want, blend until smooth, and viola! Instant awesome.
I bet that you didn’t know that the most common cause of fatigue is dehydration. That’s what makes water the world’s best (and healthiest) energy drink.
I can hear some of you now, “But I like to drink stuff that tastes like something.” Well, fine. Why not spruce up your water by adding some fruit slices and berries? It’ll help add flavor and some extra vitamins.
#4) Physical Activity
Even just standing up after a long time of being slumped over your computer will help you wake up and get your blood flowing. If you can, go for a walk around the office, building, or offer to go on a coffee run for the office. Take it one step further and try to plan an exercise regimen around your hectic work/home schedule.
#5) Don’t Skip Meals
Especially breakfast! You know how people say that it’s the most important meal of the day? Well, it is true and it is scientifically proven. Studies show that people who eat breakfast report being more energized for the day (not to mention, throughout the day) and they are shown to be in a better mood as well. So make sure to nab a healthy breakfast before you run out that door.
Stress is a big energy zapper. Don’t let it get the best of you. Whenever you feel like you are stressing over your day (or whatever), take a deep breath and meditate. Even just a five minutes will help relax your mind and help you focus on what’s important.
Not only that but learning how to breathe deeply and controlling your breathing will help bring oxygen into your system, which will help wake you up and it can de-stress you which will help you feel better.
#7) Surround Yourself With High Energy People
Their enthusiasm is contagious. Whenever you are around people you like, you often mimic some of their qualities. So why not capitalize on this? Surround yourself with people who are filled with energy. They will put you in a better mood and help motivate you as well. We are social animals, afterall.
#8) Apples Are Amazing
They are filled with vitamin C, fiber, and complex carbohydrates which help energize you and stabilize your blood sugar. Keep one with you when you’re on the go and you’ll be ready for the rest of your day.
#9) Power Nap
Naps aren’t just for kindergarteners anymore. A 60-minute powernap can help boost your mood, energy, and can turn your day right around. It will also help you retain information and help calm down your brain.