Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy

Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy

Get easy fixes to reboot your body and combat that midday slump.


Ever feel like you need an energy boost midafternoon? You aren’t alone. With all that’s on the average mom’s plate, it’s no wonder some of us have drooping eyelids by the time school lets out.

How can we stay alert and energized in the face of that long to-do list? Here are some easy, quick fixes for a little boost when you need it.

Move Your Body
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The key to reigniting your energy is movement. The more we sit motionless, staring at screens, the more we want to curl up and shut our eyes for a while.

When you feel anxious, antsy or even stressed, try getting out of your chair and taking a lap or two. Maybe it’s your floor at work, the building, your home or the grocery store. No matter where it is, having some walk-friendly shoes in your car or readily available is a must. Spending 5-10 minutes (or 20, if you have it) at a brisk stroll will clear your mind and reboot your whole mental outlook. Give it a shot.

Channel Your Inner Cobra
Maybe you think practicing yoga every day is for people who don’t have a job, husband and three kids to keep up with. The truth is, you can get the benefits of yoga in a mere matter of minutes. You’ll find that with a little concentration, patience with yourself and commitment, you’ll feel a surge of energy when you need it the most.

Yoga isn’t about being bendy or making a pretzel with your body, it’s about concentration and stillness. The next time you’re feeling less-than-energized, strike a cobra pose and you’ll feel the immediate rewards for your small investment.

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You’ll Need:
A yoga mat, towel, or anything to line the floor surface (unless you’re comfortable lying directly on the floor) and an open mind.

How to Cobra

  1. Lie on your stomach, legs stretched long behind you, tops of feet on the floor
  2. Place your hands close to your side-body, at chest height, elbows pointed back
  3. Press the tops of your feet, tops of your thighs and pelvis firmly into the floor, creating a strong, stable frame
  4. Inhale and start to press your chest off of the floor, thereby beginning to straighten your arms
  5. Keep your shoulders away from your ears and your shoulder blades pulled down your back, and try not to squeeze your glutes
  6. Lift the chest, but avoid pushing your ribs forward
  7. Hold pose for 10 to 15 seconds, and then slowly lower back down

Tip: Avoid arching your back or compressing your lower spine. This movement can be small, and the focus is on opening your chest and breathing.

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Camel Pose

  1. Start in a kneeling position on the floor with your knees hip-width apart and thighs perpendicular to the floor
  2. Put your hands on the back of your pelvis with your fingers pointing down
  3. Slowly begin to lean back, being sure not to squeeze your glutes
  4. You can keep your hands where they are (if you’re more advanced, bring them down to your ankles)
  5. Be sure your thighs stay perpendicular to the floor and don’t come forward
  6. Keep your head in a neutral position and hold this pose for 30 seconds
  7. If your hands are at your ankles, bring them one by one back to your pelvis to slowly come out of this pose

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