Instead of topping up on caffeine, try one of these healthy yet effective ways to recharge.1. Get physical
Running around after your children means you rarely need a workout, but bad posture can contribute to prolonged fatigue. When you slouch, your muscles work harder to support your body. Gentle stretches and flexing can give you quick shots of energy any time of day.
2. You are what you eat
The best energising foods contain complex carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, healthy fats, fibre, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B, vitamin C, co-Q10, magnesium, zinc and iron. Combining foods high in these factors are great to rouse your natural energies.
3. Top up on your supplements
Herbal remedies and multivitamins are also popular for maintaining general health, but in regards to energy many people choose a co-Q10 supplement
. Co-enzyme Q10 is an energising nutrient providing necessary fuel for our cells. The amount occurring naturally in our bodiesí declines with age, so a top-up can be extremely beneficial.
4. Remember to breathe
If you feel overwhelmed deep-breathing can be one of the quickest ways to de-stress. It boosts the oxygen flow around the body and gives you a sense of calm.
5. Water, water everywhere
Drink plenty of water; hydration is essential for your energy levels. If you arenít a fan of drinking water on its own add a squeeze of lime juice for a refreshing and healthy alternative.
6. Follow the sun
Vitamin D is essential for the human body so get into the sunlight. Spend ten minutes or so outside every day with the kids, even if itís cold, just wrap up warm.
7. Laughter lines
Laughter is an amazing natural energiser. The chemicals produced while laughing and smiling are real stress busters, boosting feelings of happiness and well-being. Laughing burns calories too!
8. Chocolate heaven
Not too much, of course, but chocolate is an energy food with a small amount of caffeine that will give you an effective and instant boost.
9. Dance and sing
There is evidence to suggest listening to music, and singing and dancing along, can stimulate positive brain function and increase energy levels.
10. And relax
Plenty of studies have endorsed the amazing benefits of short relaxation sessions such as yoga, meditation or even just a soak in the bath. Reducing your stress levels can help you take control of your energy and help you revitalise.