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In the life of every mum, there comes a time when you feel you’ve reached empty in your energy tank and you’re stretched so thin that you might as well transform into an octopus and start multitasking everything, every day.

Whether you only have one toddler on your hands, which, you’ll agree, often feels like ten of them, or you have three kids, being a mum is a full-time commitment that requires every atom of your being to be focused and prepared. As a human being, however, that mission often seems impossible.

Fortunately, even in these sluggish winter days, there are simple strategies every mum can introduce into her routine to restore and revive her energy one day at a time. Flexible enough to be incorporated into every mum’s agenda, these are mostly small mindset changes that can help you feel better and have more zeal to handle your daily tasks.

Here are a few you can count on any day of the week, and the more you practice these self-care, energy enhancing tips, you’ll find yourself feeling better by the minute!

Smart meal-prepping for busy mums

Sometimes, you’ll preserve hours of your time and thus endless supplies of your energy during the busy week when you add a little more effort over the weekend, even on a single day. Make Saturday or Sunday your meal-prep day, and not only will your whole family be able to enjoy home-cooked meals, but you, too, will not struggle with fatigue and lack of energy with proper nutrients ready for you each day.

The key is in shopping for fresh groceries, preparing bags and boxes for storing everything in the fridge and preparing your freezer bags for leftovers. Pre-packing healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, fruit, and veggies will also help you tremendously to give yourself a quick energy boost without resorting to processed sugar.

Be one with a water

Hydration is a segment of your nutrition that so many women fail to focus on due to their overwhelming schedules. Still, drinking enough water every day should become somewhat of a natural behavioral pattern. In case you feel that adding yet another thing on your agenda can only cause you stress, there are simple ways to hydrate without counting those glasses every day. Why? Because water is vital for your energy levels, nutrient absorption, and everyday functioning.

For starters, you can get an insulated water bottle to carry with you to work, when you’re taking your kids to school, and when you’re doing household chores. The insulation layers will keep your water fresh and cool, and you’ll only need to refill once or twice per day depending on the bottle you choose. You can always add some fresh cucumbers or lemon to boost your immune system and enjoy the new flavor.

Take on a holistic approach to your diet

Understanding how your body works means that you shouldn’t merely eliminate the consequence, but rather discover the underlying issues in order to truly protect your health and wellbeing.

This premise, and the idea of treating the entire person as opposed to an isolated symptom, are at the core of what functional medicine is all about. For instance, understanding how your body generates energy will help you notice any gaps in your habits and how you can adapt to have more energy every day.

Every single cell in your body contains energy generators called mitochondria, and feeding them with all the right nutrients is the beginning of restoring your energy and zeal. Diversity is the key to your diet, so you should aim for lean protein sources paired with plenty of fresh vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and of course, avoid processed foods packed with sugar. If you find it difficult to balance your diet with food alone, supplements can be of great help to strengthen that nutritional balance and reinforce your energy every single day.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Mums, you need to know you’re not alone. Even solo mums can and should feel free to ask for help from their extended families as well as friends. No amount of good food or caffeine can replace ample sleep and regular rest every person needs to function normally. Support is one of the main ways every mum can begin to devote some time to self-care, even in the form of sleep or taking a moment to read her favorite book.

It’s important for mums to feel complete, to recognize their own needs, and to notice when there’s a risk for burnout to completely wreak havoc on your energy. Prevention in the form of rest and self-care starts by asking for support and some of that famous ‘me’ time.

Make some time for exercise

It doesn’t have to be a full-blown, two-hour gym session to count as a workout. As a mum, you know you need to focus on your own health in order to have the energy and vibrancy to take care of your kids, so sneaking in a few exercise sessions throughout your week can be a wonderful opportunity for you to amplify your energy.

For example, you can research the most functional jogging stroller, so that you can bring your youngster to the park while you run and blow off some steam. Take that insulated water bottle with you, and a handful of your pre-packed snacks for after training, and you’ll enjoy your outdoor time, with your child, while taking care of your fitness and health.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of chores and family-oriented tasks, but as a mum, you need to remember to take good care of yourself as well. Some self-care paired with loving your kids so much helps you revitalise yourself and keep your energy levels as high as possible. In turn, those self-care efforts will help you have more zeal to bond with your little ones and enjoy every moment you spend with them!

What are your top tips to boost your energy in everyday life? Tell us in the comments below.

  • All really great ideas

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  • My tips are exercise, water and ask for help. I must admit when my boys were younger I wasn’t so good for the asking for help but I have improved. The only other thing i would add is to make time to do something you love – from painting to reading. You need to be you!

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  • Great ideas. I always feel good when I have been eating healthy wholesome food like more fruits and vegetables. Doing something you enjoy everyday even if it is only for a few minutes is really important

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  • Really helpful tips.I might need to make time for exercising.

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  • I love to be planned meal-wise for the week. It makes me feel better, more organised, and in control. And I know I’m not then making rash decisions. Water is always at the ready. I need ot get better with exercise, but regular walks along the beach are working for now.

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  • I found it hard to look after my boys and my 2 nieces while still working. I would make their lunches the night before and set out their clothes for the next day. Then while they were at school I’d come home at lunchtime to get things set for dinner that night. I found my slow cooker was the best investment I ever made. I’d put on a load of washing before I went to bed and hung it out in the morning before anyone got up. My energy boosts were on the weekends when my husband would take us fishing or to sport so I could just chill on the beach or in the car with a book. These ideas are some I could have done with.

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  • I’ve recently set up our treadmill in our garage and I escape there with my iPad for half an hour. It is the best spirit and energy booster :)

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  • Love the idea but in all honestly I’d love to know how mums can still even fit any of this in , 2 under 4 is hard work ???? feel for those with more kids ….

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  • I like the idea of Smart meal-prepping. I would like to investigate this a little more. Like what meals are good to freeze and some recipes that might be good to make during the weekend ready for the week ahead. I think this would make life so much easier for a full time working mum.

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  • Water definitely is a good recharging agent. I’m guessing exercise helps, but I can’t stand it so haven’t really tried.

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  • All of these are easy things to do that often get forgotten or pushed to the back. As mums it’s so easy to worry about everyone else first and while you have done all the chores and made everyone else’s day run smooth it gets to lunchtime and you realise that you still haven’t had breakfast.

    Having a shower always refreshes me. Especially if I can sneak a cuppa in after would.

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  • Great tips although the eating well can be bit tricky for me sometimes as I can be super hungry because I’m currently breastfeeding my third child and if there’s no fruit, nuts or yoghurts nearby I quickly have another snack so most of the time I’m doing well but can eat something sweet here and there too.

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  • For me it’s making sure I get enough sleep at night and having three proper meals.
    If my food is out of whack then I don’t have enough energy during the day and crash at night.


    • I agree with eating well and eating plenty of good food for fuel which bodies need.

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  • I agree with prepping meals and actually prepping many things ahead of time. Prepping ahead of time makes life so much easier. Drinking water is a must and I always encourage everyone to drink more water. It really does make such a big difference when hydrated. It is easy to become dehydrated in Winter.

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  • Great tips, it was refreshing to read, definitely need to implement excersize

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