If I’m not careful, I can easily give all my energy to those lovely, energy sucking, children of mine. I know when it’s happened because I end my day feeling like a limp, angry, noodle.
As a mom, you give to others, think about others, direct others. All day long, your energy is moving OUT.
Giving is good. But if that’s all you do, you become depleted.
What you need is to bring energy back IN.
So the million dollar question: How?
Keep reading for four quick self-care activities, proven to nourish you and bring energy IN. Do one or all four every day. You’ll fill your energy tank, and end the day feeling balanced.
Four Ways Worn Out Moms Can Increase Their Energy Quickly
1. Deep Breathing
The Sanskrit word for breath is prana, which translates to “life force.” So, yeah, let’s bring some of that IN.
A 5-minute breath practice is one of the most potent and immediate self-care tools. It creates calm, reduces reactivity, and helps you take the day’s challenges in stride. I recommend deep breathing first thing in the morning to start your day on the right foot.
We moms DO NOT realize how harsh our inner critic is. A daily 5-minute meditation practice attunes you to your ongoing self-talk. When you first start meditating, you will find surprising amounts of negativity. “I’m not doing a good job.” “I yell too much.” “I should play more.”
Turns out, the criticism you hear meditating is playing in your head ALL DAY LONG. Talk about exhausting.
A consistent, short meditation practice shines a light on your self-talk. Once revealed, you can choose self-compassion instead of self-criticism. Muzzling that inner critic frees up a lot of mental energy.
3. Do Things That Light You Up.
As much as I love being a mom, it’s easy to feel swallowed by the responsibility. To counter this, spend a few minutes each day nurturing your deepest priorities. You’ll feel vibrantly alive.
If you need help getting clear on activities you can fit into your busy life, I’ve got a system for that.
4. Practice Gratitude.
Our lives are busy. It’s easy to lose sight of the beauty in life.
Start a gratitude practice. Each night, write down at least 1 thing you are thankful for. Let it sink in. Revel in the beauty in your life.You’ll fill with positive energy and realize that the chaos of your life is beautifully perfect.
There they are. Four actions to restore your energy. Try it out. You’ll be amazed at what you create.
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