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How to increase energy

Guest blog from Sara Maude Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy:

Do you sometimes feel like you are on a run away train? That there never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything that you need to do, let alone do something for yourself? Are you often left feeling exhausted and overwhelmed?

Sometimes as a Mum you can find that tending to your own needs goes to the bottom of the priority list. Doing things that you used to do pre children, like treat yourself to a facial, have a relaxing bath or simply sitting and reading a book can feel like a life time ago.

I work with a lot of new Mums who would even consider doing things like this, now they have children, as self indulgent when there are a piles of house hold chores begging for your attention.

Yet the most valuable commodity at your disposal is energy. You only need to look at the soaring rise in utility bills to see that! But in order to increase and maintain your energy levels, you have to keep them topped up instead of letting them leak out.

If your car was leaking petrol, you would take it to get fixed, because you know that if you didn’t, your car would eventually stop working. Our bodies are the same. If you keep leaking energy you become exhausted, lack the motivation to do anything, feel overwhelmed and tearful and find it hard to keep control of your emotions.

Over time this can lead to you feeling wrung out, impact your confidence, increase your stress levels and affect the relationship you have with yourself and others around you.

Imagine instead getting that spring back in your step, having the energy to do fun things with your children and family, finding the motivation to exercise, taking day to day things in your stride, waking up feeling refreshed and looking forward to what the day ahead brings.

If that seems more like a Disney story to you at the moment then read on to find out that you really can make dreams come true!

Energy Boosters

Stabilise your blood sugar levels:

What we put into our bodies plays a significant factor in both our energy and our mood, particularly when it comes to our blood sugar levels. Many peoples blood sugar levels go up and down like a roller-coaster, leaving them feeling energised one minute and slumped over their desk the next. The key to stabilizing your blood sugar levels so that you have more energy, better control over your emotions (and naturally lose weight too!) is to add more protein into your diet.

Protein has no sugar in it, so it stabilizes your blood sugar levels, giving you all day energy energy and stopping you from hunting out the biscuit tin at 3.00pm.

Try adding more food sources like omelet, hummus, nuts and seeds, fish, meat, cottage cheese, tofu, eggs, yogurt to your diet and cutting back on carbohydrates as these convert quickly to glucose (sugar) in your body.

Drink more water:

Yes I know you have probably heard this a hundred times! However just like plants and flowers need water to flourish, so do we. Our bodies are made up of over 70% water and not only does it keep our energy levels topped up, it also flushes out toxins and is great for anyone wishing to loose a few pounds.

Do something for yourself:

Meeting our own basic needs is key to good emotional health and wellbeing. When we aren’t getting our basic needs met in a healthy balanced way, our subconscious mind will do what it can to get those needs met regardless. Taking some time out once a week to go to a yoga class or meet a friend or doing something you used to enjoy can make a big difference in your energy and wellbeing.

Increase energy through relaxation:

To sleep well, you have to be well. If there is a lot of worry going on in your mind, it will impact the quality of your sleep as you mind will try to ‘process’ what you are feeling when you are asleep, which can leave you still feeling tired even if you have been asleep. Calming down that internal chatter and taking time out to relax is key. Give yourself an energy boost with just fifteen minutes of hypnosis. Fifteen minutes of hypnosis is the equivalent of between two and four hours sleep. In hypnosis you enter the REM state (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the same state you enter when you dream at night. During REM you are processing your emotions and filing away your thoughts and activities, effectively emptying your in box.

Try one of these great hypnosis downloads, all designed especially for Mums and allow yourself to become Sleeping Beauty for fifteen minutes.

Posted on 11/10/2013 in Advice for parents