Revitalize Your Super Parent Energy

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We can all agree that parenting is one of the most difficult, yet one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. On the one hand, spending time with your child is a true energy booster, but on the other hand, being alert 24/7 can drain you out completely. The truth is that energy is not created out of nothing, you yourself need to create it again and again every single day. 
Warm Lemon Water as a Morning Ritual

Drinking warm lemon water has a large number of benefits for the body. It improves digestion, balances pH levels, boosts the immune system, hydrates the lymph system, improves healing and, most importantly for us, warm lemon water has energizing properties. Electrically charged molecules in food and drinks help our body generate energy. Most foods and beverages we consume are positively-charged. Lemons are an exception. They increase energy naturally since they are negatively-charged.

Eating Iron for Energy
Heavy periods and pregnancy are some of the most common causes of iron deficiency, or anemia in women. The symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, pale skin, etc. A lack of iron in our diet can lead to a lack of energy. After all, iron is the one responsible for delivering oxygen to cells. Great sources of this mineral are red and white meat, lentils, spinach, beans, broccoli, tofu, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. Simultaneously with these, eat vitamin C-rich foods to enhance iron absorption.

Nature Makes People Feel Alive
A series of studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 2010 showed that spending just 20 minutes in nature results in increased vitality. “Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature”, says Richard Ryan, a lead author of the study and professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester.

The next time you feel drained, take your loved ones and go to the nearest park for a short walk. However, there will be moments when you will feel these 20 minutes are far from enough to invigorate your mind and body. This is a sign you need a truly special retreat. Consider delegating your parenting duties to your husband for a day and treat yourself to a spa, wellness or massage you’ve been dreaming about for a while.

Exercising leads to happiness
You may think that all your chores and baby-related responsibilities burn enough calories, but you still need to introduce balanced workouts. Spending time in nature should double its benefits if you could go for a walk or jog. You can also ride your bike and even work out in a nearby park. Still, it’s understandable that you may feel a bit reluctant to spend so much time on yourself. A time saving tip is to get a few pieces of quality commercial fitness equipment, so you don’t have to leave your home or your child to work up a good sweat and get energized.

High-Energy Friends vs. Energy Vampires
Surrounding yourself with energy givers who revitalize and motivate you is extremely important, especially if you are sensitive to other people’s energy and pick it up easily. Calm and welcoming people make us feel safe and secure, while emotional vampires leave us sad, anxious, and uncomfortable.

Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, intuitive healer and author of numerous books on spirituality, energy and intuition made a typology of energy vampires – the Drama Queen, the Sob Sister, the Constant Talker, the Fixer Upper, the Blamer and the Go-For-The-Jugular Fiend. She recommends taking an inventory of people around you and making a list of energy sappers and energizers. Setting clear boundaries and limiting the time you spend with drainers will affect your well-being in a positive way, says this bestselling author. 

Create your own wellness retreat
Finally, the least you can do for yourself is to create your own sanctuary – a corner in your house – where you will feel relaxed and tranquil. This doesn’t have to be a separate room, nor should you spend a lot of money on decorating this place. A comfy sofa, a few pillows, a standing lamp or a few candles on a small table, some greenery, a bunch of books and quiet music will do the magic. Develop a 30-minute “me time” habit. Tuck yourself in your sanctuary, do deep breathing exercises, get lost in your favorite book, leave the past and future behind. In short, enjoy the present moment.

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