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Tips for Tired Moms When Bedtime is Hours Away

posted: 03/09/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Stressed mother and her baby.
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Being tired and being a mom go hand-in-hand. But some days it feels like midnight but it's only 3 o'clock. On those days, you need to do something for a quick pick-me-up or you're never going to make to your kids bedtime, let alone your own. So skip coffee and try these tips for instant energy for tired mammas

Drink Water- Even though you think you need more coffee, your body might be telling you to reach for the H2O instead. Feeling tired and lethargic is a sign of dehydration. So drink up to feel better.

Have a Dance Party- We know you just want to lay on the couch when you're tired, but turn up the music and bust a move with your kids instead. All the moving and grooving will get your heart pumping, blood circulating, and relieves tension--which are all perfect ways to get a quick pick me up. Plus you get to show off your fancy dance moves.

Deep Breaths- If you're feeling sluggish, step outside for a little fresh air to revive you. If that's not enough to get wake you up, try sniffing a fresh lemon, lime, or orange. These citrus scents can help increase your focus and attention. No fruit on hand? Use mint, rosemary, or peppermint to for instant energy.

LOL- Laughter really is the best medicine! When you laugh, your brain releases endorphins that make you happy and help you to feel more energized. So start a tickle attack with your kids or challenge your kids to see who can make Mommy laugh the most.

Grab a Snack- Mixing proteins with carbs can give you a quick burst of energy. Think peanut butter and whole wheat bread or a handful of trail mix with nuts and dried fruit.

Get Your Blood Moving- Get off the couch and get moving by marching in place, doing a few yoga poses, or running up and down the stairs. When you're tired, you reenergize with short bursts of activity.