Do you feel like you can’t get going in the morning, or suffer from a mid-afternoon dip in energy?
Being a mom requires a lot of energy to keep up with your kids, run a household, and manage all your other commitments. If you lack the energy you need to do all this, things can quickly become a struggle! Running around after little ones is an obvious reason why you are feeling tired, but there are also other factors in your health and lifestyle which could be attacking your energy levels, including some which may surprise you.
Here are 6 reasons which may be to blame if you regularly suffer from low energy, which you probably haven’t thought of.
- You Don’t Drink Enough Water
You are probably tired of being constantly told to drink more water: these days, it seems like the proposed solution to any and every problem is to drink water! However, water really is essential to our health in every way, and a lack of water can make us tired.
Failing to drink enough water causes cell dehydration, which can have dire consequences in the long run. Our bodies are programmed to notice this and protect us from potential damage as soon as we become deficient in water. As soon as our system starts to run low on fluids, our brain and nervous system automatically kicks in to protect the body by slowing things down, which in turn makes us feel tired. Experts tell us that we should drink a minimum of 1500 mL or 8 glasses of water a day, more in hot or humid conditions, or when exercising.
- Your Diet is Lacking in Nutrients
A healthy, balanced diet is critical for overall health, and for maintaining energy levels. The vitamins and nutrients in food provide our cells with what they need to function, and keep our bodily processes working properly. If we don’t eat enough foods containing these vital nutrients, things will not run properly, leading to fatigue.
Experts tell us we should eat a balanced diet full of unprocessed foods, including high amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and protein. Of course, doing this in practice is not always so easy: see this article for ideas on how to get more vegetables into your diet.
- You Are Stressed
Stress is not only bad for your mental and emotional well-being, but it can also make you feel tired. Scientific research shows that stress causes a range of physical health problems over time, contributing to tiredness. Being under continued stress for long periods of time also causes an excess of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. This hormone releases adrenaline and helps to deal with crisis situations in the short term, but excess levels over the long term lead to crashes and exhaustion.
This is fairly ironic, because it means you have less energy to deal with whatever is stressing you out. Break this cycle by employing stress management techniques such as participating in meditation, yoga and taking exercise. Even better, if possible address the cause of the stress, and eliminate this from your life.
- Your Hormones are Unbalanced
You probably know that hormones, and more particularly hormone imbalances, can affect your mood and well-being. You may not realize, however, that having the incorrect level of hormones in your system can also attack your overall health, making you feel tired and worn out.
Services like Verisana let you conduct a simple saliva test at home to check your hormone levels. Hormone imbalances are relatively common and can be caused by a variety of factors, from serious health issues to something as common as simply getting older. If you test your levels and find your hormones are out of whack, you should visit your doctor to determine the cause of the imbalance and discuss treatment options.
- You’re Not Active Enough
If you feel tired, working out is probably the last thing you want to do. However a lack of exercise could be the cause of your tiredness. Not having enough activity in your daily lifestyle, your circulation can suffer, meaning your body is not as efficient in delivering oxygen to your cells, which lowers your energy levels. Additionally, getting regular exercise helps you to maintain good sleep patterns, which will support good energy levels throughout the day.
Experts tell us we should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, three times a week. As a busy mom, finding time to work out can be difficult, if not impossible. Start by integrating small amounts of exercise into your daily routine, such as 10 minutes of yoga in the morning or a brisk walk before the school pickup run.