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3 Amazing Energy Boosting Tips

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It may be hard for you to make it through the day without collapsing let alone find time to actually do anything at all for yourself.
The paradox here is that being proactive in caring for ourselves does take energy and time. But when self-care results in extra energy we benefit and our families benefit too!  
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I run a child development program with 6 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers 5 days a week. I'm super busy and super active as you might guess. Energy is a very important aspect of my career and after 43 years, I've learned to cherish it. Here are my top 3 tips that you can read and start using right away!

Energy Boosting Tip #1

Take the time first thing in the morning to squeeze in some rejuvenating exercise even if you have to beat your family up to do it.  What I mean is set your alarm for 25 minutes before anyone wakes and give that time to yourself as a gift.


Alternate between movement and stretching for about 5 minutes each during those 25 minutes. Listen to your absolute favorite music. You'll not only have more energy for the entire day, but your mood will improve. 

Energy Boosting Tip #2

Replace unhealthy carbs and sugars with healthy fats and non-starchy veggies as often as you can. This is what your body needs for lasting energy.

Protein is also important but we don't need too much so add moderate amounts with every meal and snack for balance. Our parents and grandparents were right when they encouraged us to eat balanced meals for energy and health!

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Energy Boosting Tip #3

You may not have time to get away to a weekly yoga class but you can always grab just a couple of minutes for this super-energizing ritual. Close your eyes and press your index finger to your thumb and breathe in, let go and breathe out, repeat for 1 minute or until you feel the wave of calm energy come over you.

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Nanci J Bradley (60) is an early childhood and family educator, author, teacher, family aerobics instructor, and an all-around fun-loving person. She believes in the power of sleep, healthy eating, lifelong learning and most of all, PLAYShe studied early childhood ed at Triton College and received her BA in education in 1986 from NIU. She received her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College in 2011. She lives and teaches in Madison, WI

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