5. Don’t Skip Breakfast!
You’re vigilant about making sure your kids get a healthy breakfast before they head out the door. But what about you? A cup of coffee does not equal a healthy start to the day (and no, two cups don’t make it better). Studies have found that people feel more satisfied by food eaten in the morning, a feeling that can translate into better energy for your day.
6. Keep Your Blood Sugar Steady.
You feel drained. You grab a candy bar or a soda for a quick sugar rush. The energy burst lasts for a short time and then you crash, feeling more tired than before. Sound familiar? Wild fluctuations in your blood sugar can be rough on your energy level. Instead, eat regular small snacks to keep on an even keel. "Two hours after breakfast, I’ll have a banana with peanut butter," says Gold. "Two hours after that, I’ll have Greek yogurt with honey." Keep snacks in your purse that combine carbs with protein for a slow release of energy -- like trail mix, peanut butter crackers, protein bars, and small containers of veggies and hummus.
7. Change Your Clothes.
No, really. If you’re sitting around in baggy sweats or your pajamas, it can actually make you feel more tired and rundown, Gold says. You don’t have to put on a skirt or suit, but a switch from sweats to slacks and a cute top can make you feel like a new person.
8. Give Yourself a Bedtime.
Maybe eight hours’ sleep isn’t realistic for a mom of young kids, but you can’t survive on five. "There’s no quick cure for a lack of sleep, no matter how much caffeine you ingest," says Debi Silber, MS, RD, a personal trainer and lifestyle coach and the author of A Pocket Full of Mojo: 365 Proven Strategies To Create Your Ultimate Body, Mind, Image and Lifestyle. "Seeking energy through caffeine or sugar just leaves you tired and wired and prone to weight gain." Try this experiment: for one week, go to bed one hour earlier than you usually do, every night. Don’t veg out in front of the TV or the iPad. See how much more energy you have by the beginning of the next week.