Unfortunately, the demands of the holidays take its toll on most of us resulting in fatigue and loss of sleep. In fact, 76 percent of Americans report losing sleep between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, according to a survey by The Gallop Organization.
Here is a list of helpful ways to stay energized and avoid felling fatigued during the holiday season:
- Drink more water.
If you get dehydrated, you will feel sluggish and run down. Be sure to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day and more if you are increasing your alcohol intake over the holidays.
- Eat well.
A healthy diet with fresh, minimally processed foods will give you considerably more energy than a diet of mostly processed food. Be sure to include plenty of protein as well — your body needs it to keep organs functioning and energy levels up.
- Limit your caffeine intake.
Too much coffee or caffeinated soda will actually tire you out in the long run. The caffeine creates a temporary high which will soon leave you feeling tired and depleted.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
A good night’s sleep is necessary for your physical and mental well-being. On average, most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
- Stretch your Body.
Stretching is an easy way to increase your daily energy. You should try to stretch 15-20 minutes a day.
Working out will give actually you more energy and make your daily tasks easier. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Try to Relax and Calm your Emotions.
Worry, anxiety, stress and other negative emotions will drain your energy. Even positive emotions like excitement and anticipation can wear you down. So make sure you take time every day to calm your mind and relax.
At times it’s hard to remember that the holidays are supposed to be fun. The joy of seeing your family and friends can sometimes get lost with all of the stress and fatigue that also comes along. Take care of your body so you can have a happy and healthy holiday season. But most importantly, enjoy yourself!