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5 Tips to Be A More Energetic Mom

June 8, 2015
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As I write this, I’m nearing the end of a good five days sans Matt (my hubby who’s in Cali for a guy’s weekend), sans preschool for the boys (it’s just recently out for the summer), and sans summer camps and activities (that haven’t yet started up), and WITH three very energetic little boys (including one teething baby).

I’m tired, yes ... and that’s because it’s nearly 10pm as I am writing this, but I’ve come to realize there are several things I can do (must do) during the day to keep me energized.  A couple key things to keep me moving, to keep me thinking of creative projects (both for the kids and for myself and our home), to help me keep up with the boys, and to keep up with this blog that I’ve grown to love so much (and all that comes with it).  Basically … 5 simple tips to help you lead a happier, healthier, and more creative life (with lots more energy!).

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Do you ever see that perfectly put together mom … you know, the one who is headed to yoga at 5am, then showers, puts on makeup, and a perfect ‘I just threw this together, but I just so happen to also look like a J.Crew model‘ outfit, zips off for an early morning coffee date with girlfriends … all before her kids wake up?  Then she skips off to cart them around the rest of the day with all the energy in the world?

Yep, me too … and that’s absolutely NOT what I’m talking about today.  These are much more realistic, practical, and simple ways to feel energetic and happy each day.   I’ve be working hard over the past 5 years (basically, ever since we had our first baby) to experiment and find ways to feel better each day and to have the energy to be the mom I want to be.  If you Google ‘ways to increase energy’ you’ll find a million tips and tricks.  I’ve tried a lot of different things, and some make me feel good.  Some make me feel GREAT.  Some don’t do much for me.  But there are some that noticeably increase my energy each and every day.  I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 tips for increasing energy … especially for busy moms!

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Notice I didn’t say … ‘get lots of sleep‘ or ‘get 8 hours of sleep every night‘.  Those ideas are great … for those of us without kiddos.  But … those of us with kids, especially small kids (especially those of us with teething kids … ahem, Ben) will realize that getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each and every night, just isn’t a reality.  This first tip, and one that I’ve been perfecting for the past 5 years, is more focused on the quality of the sleep you CAN get.  The idea here is ‘quality over quantity’.  Yes … give yourself a bedtime and try to get in as much sleep as you can, but if that’s not a full 8 hours … make the time that you are asleep … PRODUCTIVE.  This huge study proves that quality (vs. quantity) really is key. Here’s a few tips on how to get that quality sleep:

  • Avoid alcohol within 2 hours of bedtime.  Alcohol can prevent you from falling into a deep sleep and can lead to a more restless night.  Even if you get a full 8 hours, you won’t feel as rested (and thus more energetic) the next day.  Love a glass of wine?  Have it with dinner … well before bedtime.
  • Take a Magnesium Supplement just before heading off to bed.  Did you know that Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the US?  Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level and helping you relax (as well as sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels).
  • Make your bedroom completely pitch black or consider wear a sleep mask.  Unplug everything that glows, and use room darkening curtains.
  • Consider diffusing lavender or other sleep-promoting scente in your bedroom.

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I know I just said to protect your sleep, and now I’m telling you to wake up earlier.  But for me … this one is a game changer.  Waking up before my kids get up … even just 15 minutes, has completely saved my sanity.  It sets the stage for me to be a more calm, engaged, and energetic mom all day long.  Now … how you spend these 15 minutes (or an hour … or whatever you can spare) are crucial.  Take this time to ease into your day.  I usually always try to plan my day the night before, so in the morning I drink my two big glasses of water (more on that below), brew my coffee, casually listen to a podcast, morning show, or just my favorite music and a magazine.  The key here is that I don’t immediately turn on my phone, check my email, or log onto my computer.  I may flip open my computer if the kids sleep longer than expected, but it’s not my first priority.  I spend a bit of time thinking about the day ahead and mentally preparing.  This time each day has honestly changed my mindset.  If I miss it … I’m a bit of a crazed, scatterbrained, and, a lot of time, a mentally exhausted mama.

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Make exercise a priority … everyday.  I realize that last statement may seem daunting, and way too much right now (on top of everything else you’re trying to take care off … like keeping your small humans alive).  I hear you.  But this tip does NOT mean you need to go run 5 miles each day.  It doesn’t mean you have to walk on a treadmill for an hour.  It doesn’t mean you have to turn on the latest Jillian video every night after the kids go to bed (because I realize this time after the kids are in bed … is precious.  And precious is an understatement).  It’s simply a reminder to try to do something to get your blood pumping (even just a bit) everyday.  Forget about perfect!!  It doesn’t need to be perfect.  It doesn’t even need to be good everyday.  It just needs to be a priority … a way to establish a habit.  If you only have 5 minutes today … how about a couple pushups, a plank, and a couple burpies?  If you’re with your kids all day long … how about joining them on the playground or soccer field for 20 minutes?  A walk at dusk with your hubby and kids?  Perfect is not the goal.  Making exercise (of any kind) a priority … IS!  You’ll feel the immediate energy boost right after you get that blood moving, but you’ll also benefit from sustained higher energy levels throughout the day!   And you’ll be setting a great example for those kiddos of yours!

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Take your dog for a quick walk.  Don’t have a dog?  Grab your iPod with your favorite tunes, and take a quick walk around the block after bedtime.  Take your kids to the park.  Go run through a sprinkler with your kids.  Shoot hoops with your boys.  Even go sit in the front yard and stretch in the grass.  Just try to spend a bit of time OUTSIDE everyday (and a lot of these activities can also count as your exercise, too!).  I live in Minnesota, people, so I realize that sometimes … in the dead of winter … getting outside sounds terrible.  But, bundle up, grab your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and head outside for 10 minutes.  That’s it.  Just a bit of time … in the fresh air, can do WONDERS for your energy levels.



I saved the most important tip for last.  This is … hands down … the easiest, most do-able, and most immediate way to feel more energetic.  DRINK.  MORE.  WATER.  And then when you think you’ve drank enough, have another glass of water.

The most common reason why people feel fatigued is dehydration.  Even the slightest dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Why is this?  Well … the less water there is in your system, the less oxygen is circulating in your bloodstream (and the less energy you have).  The cure: Drink eight glasses of water throughout the day (I even aim for 12 glasses), and/or gulp a glass when you feel that drop of energy hit.

So … if you’re drinking that 64 – 96+ ounces of water each day, you want to make sure it’s good, clean water right?  We have an awesome water filter in our home, but on busy days that only gets me so far.  If I don’t want to carry around a giant milk jug or two of filtered water for my family, we have to be able to refill our water bottles on the go … and wherever we are!  And that’s why I’m so excited about my recent purchase:  A Brita Hard Sided Filter Water Bottle from Walmart (in the Hardware section!).  It’s a durable water bottle that we can refill anywhere and get chlorine-free drinking water instantly … on the go!

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For those days when we leave home at 8am, and don’t arrive back until 8pm … this water bottle has been KEY {KEY!!} in helping me get my 12 cups of water each day!  I just feel guilty drinking disposable bottles of water (seems SO wasteful to me), but I do want my family to have clean, filtered water to drink.  And when we’re running from soccer to hockey to preschool to the pool and to the park this summer … we need to be able to refill our bottles from any water fountain (or water faucet) available:

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I’m a numbers gal (Industrial Engineer by degree), so I have a {slightly obsessive} desire to know exactly how much water I’m getting each day (you know … so I can compare actual vs. goal).  I secretly LOVE that this bottle has ounce markings all the way up it to help me keep track … down to nearly the ounce.  #obsessed

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If you try any of these 5 tips to increase your energy … start with this one!  It’s just so easy.  And grab one of these water bottles to help you refill on the go … anywhere!  And try to drink approximately 3.5 – 5 of these each and every day!!  Seriously … I strongly urge you to try drinking almost 100 oz of water each day and just see how you feel!!

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Now it’s your turn to spill the secrets … what do you do to amp up your energy each day?  Do you set ‘water intake goals’ like this crazy {slightly obsessed} lady here?!?!




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  • Reply Kristi June 8, 2015 at 7:06 am

    BRILLIANT tips Katie! What Mom doesn’t need more energy?!
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  • Reply Natalie Frank June 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Love this post so much! As a new mom, so good to read tips from 3 times momma’s! Had no idea about magnesium! I will check that out! Thanks, Natalie @
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  • Reply Sarah Mueller June 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Filtered water on the go? What a great idea! I always cringe when the water fountain is the only option.

    Thanks for these tips!
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  • Reply Ashley H June 9, 2015 at 6:15 am

    With a 17 month old, I needed these tips. I’m sharing this post with my FB fans! Stopping by from Turn it up Tues.
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney June 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I so need to start getting up before the kids, it’s just so hard. They get up way to early. being outdoors and hydrated it such a great tips as well. That water bottle looks awesome. I need to get one for sure.
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  • Reply Kristen @ Musings of an Average Mom June 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    What great tips! I think all moms need more energy, and I like how you mentioned try to get quality sleep, because I can’t remember the last time my two kids have both slept through the night.

  • Reply Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama June 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    These are all great tips! The sleep one is really important to me. If I am tired, I am cranky. And if I am cranky, I am far from being energetic, lol! And I have upped my workouts a little over the past couple of weeks and have definitely noticed an increase in my energy. :) I have that exact same Brita water bottle and LOVE it- I take it to the gym with me, the pool, and when we travel.
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  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files June 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    These types are genius! As a momma to be (in October), I am a bit worried about my energy and sleeping patterns! I sleep quite a bit (pre pregnancy too!) and having a little one to worry about makes me a bit worried! But I know I will be excited to take care of him!

    • Reply Katie June 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Meg!! Congrats! How exciting! You’ll be great, and no matter what kind of sleeper your little one is … your body will adjust and you’ll be okay! Enjoy the second half of your pregnancy!!

  • Reply heather @french press June 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t have littles anymore, but my teens still need me to be active – these are such great simple tips that anyone can do
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  • Reply sarah @ {Home-ology} modern vintage June 19, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Great tips! I totally agree with taking a few moments to yourself before the day starts and staying hydrated throughout the day – those tots go non-stop from dawn to dusk and will keep you on the run! As I reaquaint myself with little ones now that my children are having children, I find these two things are the key to my sanity!
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  • Reply Katey June 27, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Great post Katie! I’m also a mom of three. I really enjoyed reading your tips. My favorite one and the one that really gives me energy and focus is getting up extra early to have an hour/hour and a half before the kids get up. The peaceful quiet time for me to exercise (sometimes!), drink coffee, get ready for the day, and work on the blog a little, really sets my day off on a good track. I’m also a huge water drinker!

  • Reply Lynne Streeter Childress June 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Amen 5 times!! I know that I don’t drink enough water, and that I don’y unplug enough, then I wonder why I am tired! I loved the part about getting up early. I like having time to do Bible study, and workout before the little one is awake because that way I can focus and set a foundation for the rest of the day, And yes, we need to get outside more. Fantastic. THANK YOU!

  • Reply Stacey June 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

    These really are basic but great ideas. I remember when my kids were little that I was so tired. Going for a walk always helped. Also, as long as it was possible….they napped. Saved my sanity.

  • Reply Joann Woolley June 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I agree that hydration is critical to having energy! Many of us turn to coffee… I just gave it up 7 weeks ago! A few weeks later I started waking up before the kids. Isn’t that funny that shortly after giving up coffee I could pull myself out of bed earlier? No alarm either, just my body telling me it’s time to start the day. Earlier this year we got new beds for our boys and low and behold my youngest one isn’t crawling into bed with us every night anymore. I think we’re down to once a week…. which needless to say is giving me good quality sleep (since he’s a mover and a shaker). I’ll be on the lookout for that cool Brita water bottle! None of my water bottles has a filter…. I need to change that!
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  • Reply Michelle June 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I am ABSOLUTELY not that mom that wakes up at 5am and is perfectly put together so this is a very needed post! :) Have a great weekend! :)

  • Reply Heather June 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I agree with these. Maybe not getting up so early though! And I agree about the water. I read somewhere that not having water makes you stressed.
    Oh and getting outside really calms me down and connects me better with my child. Absolutely.
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