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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Feeling worn out? 5 quick and caffeine free energizers

photo by Corrieb
With a newborn and a preschooler I'm not getting much sleep these days. I often find myself dragging by mid day, but any additional caffeine would ruin a nap if the planets aligned and both girls napped at the same time, so I've been looking for other alternatives. Here are 5 that have been working for me:

1. Take a quick shower! Start with things warm and relaxing and end with a refreshing cold blast - slowly turn the water colder and colder while you stand directly under the shower head. When the water gets as cold as you can comfortably tolerate, stand under it for an additional 5-10 seconds. The cold water will help increase the shine in your hair as it energizes you.

2. Play some energizing music - choose an upbeat favorite and turn it up, dance around for an instant pick me up.

3. Whip up an energizing snack like the ones in this article from Fitness magazine. Look for food combinations that include fiber, carbs and protein, like bananas or apples and peanut butter or a cereal parfait.

4. Try some aromatherapy - peppermint and citrus scents are especially invigorating.

5. Have a few quiet minutes to yourself? Try visualization. Close your eyes, relax and visualize a countdown from 10 to 1. Then imagine yourself in a location that excites, energizes or relaxes you. Spend a few moments thinking about doing something that makes you feel good and well rested. When you're done, visualize your countdown again and open your eyes!

What works when you find yourself tired out and worn down?

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Annie said...

So glad I found another babywearing mama like me! Love the shower tip - I know that when my husband uses all the hot water I sure feel energized after LOL But I didn't know it helped hair to shine :)

Michelle said...

I'm with you on the dragging in the middle of the day. And I don't have the infant excuse anymore ;)

I will say that staying home this past week is actually more exhausting than working sometimes. How are you adjusting?

CC said...

Although I love these ideas... I'm thinking "Why bother?" I luvs me some caffeine! ;)