Being a mom is no easy task. Between wiping runny noses, carting kids to piano lessons, packing lunches, keeping up with housework and managing a career, some days you probably just feel burnt out. While warm hugs from your little ones make it all worthwhile, having some extra energy would be nice, too. Need a super mom boost? Check out these three tips:
1. Get a massage
Sleep is important but scarce for new moms. A 2014 study by PLOSone measured postpartum mothers' daytime sleepiness at six, 12 and 18 weeks after the child was born. Researchers found that even at the last measurement, 50 percent of new moms experienced "excessive daytime sleepiness."
Sometimes, a busy mom just needs a little rejuvenation to get that pep back in her step, and a massage may help. Not only does this therapy increase blood flow and help you feel refreshed, but it can also improve sleep. A study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found that three minutes of massage before bed helped women with dementia get 36 more minutes of sleep. Using a personal massager at night, such as applying the Moji Curve PRO to your lower back, may help you achieve the same results.
2. Work out
A morning jog, an evening run or a lunch break at the gym – it doesn't matter how you work exercise into your daily or weekly routine so long as this healthy habit makes it into your schedule. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity may boost energy by improving your muscle strength, endurance and cardiovascular health efficiency. However, even a single workout may enhance vitality.
Researchers from the University of Georgia reviewed data from past studies and found that in 91 percent of cases, a single session of exercise fought fatigue better than the sedentary control conditions. That being said, this one-fitness-session technique best served participants' energy levels when it lasted longer than 20 minutes. Even if you can't manage hitting the gym every morning at this point in your life, squeezing in a quick workout may give you the pick-me-up you need to focus at work or drive the kids to extracurricular activities.
Health.com noted that according to Dr. Robert R. Provine, laughing raises your blood pressure and heart rate which in turn helps with energy levels. So find reasons to let out a chuckle. Watch a funny YouTube video during your lunch break, get inspired by your kids' goofy antics and personalities, crack jokes (no matter how lame they may be) and don't forget to smile.
Next time you're feeling a little sluggish, skip the caffeine and use one of these strategies instead.