So we just about in the thick of it – holiday season, that is. With the delicious leftovers that follow Thanksgiving also comes holiday energy zap as we gear up for the seasonal roller-coaster that is Christmas and New Year’s. Whether it’s the onslaught of obnoxious commercials, holiday parties, work deadlines, and school projects, the holiday season – as delightful as it may be – can be very draining. It may tempt you to reach for cup after cup of Joe, or worse, a sugary concoction that calls itself an energy drink. That’s why we are here to provide you with some quick tips this holiday season to help you energize naturally.
- Sleep, but don’t overdo it. While we don’t recommend skimping on sleep, oversleeping can surprisingly be just as tiring. Aim to get between 6-8 hours of sleep and try not to set or snooze the morning alarm too far past the half hour mark from your usual wake time for optimal rest.
- Get moving! Traveling during the holidays or working under strict deadlines can make finding the time for fitness tiring in itself. But whether it’s a walk on your lunch break or a bike ride to the park with the kids while the Vegducken is roasting, make time for movement. This will keep your blood pumping to boost brain function as well as ensure adequate sleep.
- Find the light. With winter comes shorter days and less sunlight. Make time to enjoy the sun while it’s out and be sure to turn lights on as soon as you wake up. If you live in a region that is more steeply affected by the time change, you might even consider purchasing a sun lamp to help recreate a more natural sun-lit effect.
- Watch your diet. By all means enjoy the treats that come with the seasonal get togethers, but do so in moderation. Keep an eye particularly on alcohol consumption and between holiday parties & meals, avoid reaching for the typical convenience items like chips and soda which are loaded with sugar and preservatives that will give you that initial boost, but leave you with a brutal crash. Instead, look for whole foods like fresh fruits & veggies and clean snacks that don’t leave you worse off than you were before.
- More effectively manage your stress. While some stressors or unavoidable, the holiday season should not be one. It’s understandable that coordinating travel with busy schedules and budgeting for gift-giving and meal-making are the most carefree activities. That said, it is important to keep in mind why this is the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ It’s not about the time we spent shopping for the best gifts, but about the time we spend with our loved ones and being thankful for the things we already have.