You could really use a nap. That's the exact moment when your kids start clamoring to go to the park or play a game. Sound familiar? There's a better way. With a few smart strategies, you can sync up your energy levels with your children's.
Eat breakfast together.
In the scramble of getting the kids dressed and fed, it’s easy to forget your own meal. But eating first thing powers your entire morning. Pair whole grains, such as oatmeal or whole-wheat toast, with protein, like eggs or nut butter, for a steady supply of energy.
Go for a family walk.
Next time you’re starting to fade, go on a quick stroll with the kids. They’ll get out some wiggles while you perk up. Research shows that just 10 minutes of physical activity can boost your energy for hours.
Take a power nap.
Your kids’ downtime is key for tackling your to-do list. But make a point to carve out at least half an hour to rest. If you can snooze, set an alarm for 20 minutes. That’s how long it usually takes to feel refreshed. Sleeping more can cause you to wake up groggy and tired.
Join in at snack time.
When you’re packing the kids’ snacks, don’t forget your own. A piece of fruit with peanut butter delivers a mix of energy-boosting fat and protein.
Carry a water bottle and sip regularly: Even a small dip in your hydration can cause you to feel sluggish. Or kick it up a notch and add Emergen-C Energy+ to four-to-six ounces of water. It contains natural caffeine from green tea for a pick-me-up, and there’s an extra hit of vitamins in there, too.
Put yourself to bed.
More than a third of Americans don’t get enough shut-eye each night. That can leave you feeling drained all day, making keeping up even harder. Follow your kids’ example and give yourself a nighttime routine, so you can log seven to nine hours of sleep.