From Exhausted to Energized … Naturally!
You know the routine...
You get up in the morning, feed the kids and/or grab a quick breakfast for yourself as you run out the door to go to work. You jump in your car, drop the kids off at school, stop at your favorite coffee shop for a “wake up energy boost”, and drive to work or back home (if you are a stay at home/work from home Mom or Dad) thinking about everything you have to get done in your day. The list seems endless but you are up for the challenge. After all, you don’t really have a choice because it’s all got to get done, right?
Every morning you push through with coffee and before you know it, the caffeine has worn off and you are starting to feel tired already and it’s only 10AM! Perhaps your head is feeling kind of foggy. Another coffee or tea will help push you through to lunch time. Right? Come 2PM the carbs in that sandwich you had for lunch start to do their thing … the dreaded food coma begins! Holy cow here comes the energy crash!
You push on as best you can, finish your day’s work, pick up the kids, make dinner, help them with their homework, get them to bed, clean up, and now finally you have some time to yourself… but you are completely exhausted and too tired to do anything! Some families still have more work to do or have to take their kids to an after school practice or game. Some of you are able to sit and turn on the TV to zone out with a glass of wine or a cup of tea for a few minutes until you feel yourself drifting off to slumber land. You finally decide to go to bed and as you put your head on the pillow you think …OMG! ... Tomorrow is going to be exactly the same!
Sadly, for many people, you are right. Tomorrow will be exactly the same, and the day after, and the day after that … unless you change something!
The great news is that there are some very simple, effective, and enjoyable changes you can make to your lifestyle that will not only boost your energy, but will also improve your mood, your attitude, and your ability to get more done without exhaustion.
Over the years as a Naturopathic Doctor I’ve helped many people transition from exhaustion to energetic healthy lifestyles … many of their stories are truly inspiring.
The key, in my opinion, is to take baby steps then gradually incorporate more healthy habits into your life. Be sure to take a moment to notice and actually enjoy expe