Between hustling around to all of the local shops, baking cookies for the Christmas party, and preparing your Christmas feast, you are likely feeling a little worn out. Let’s be honest, while this time of year is truly magical, it can also be…exhausting! I did pretty well keeping things simple this year, but I’ll admit, I am still feeling a little fatigued after the fact. If you’re in the same boat, join me in taking a few simple steps to recover from holiday fatigue and feel great as we head into the new year.
I’m Just Tired
While you’re likely shrugging off that nagging feeling of tiredness as “just being tired,” you may need to reconsider. Fatigue is a real health concern that is more detrimental than just a little sleepiness. Holiday fatigue is generally a state of temporary fatigue caused by additional stress and a hectic schedule; however, if you don’t do something now to nip that fatigue in the bud, you could develop a more advanced stage of the health concern known as chronic fatigue that lasts longer and has more profound effects on your health.
In either case, fatigue is characterized by a number of different symptoms. Some of the most common include:
- Extreme tiredness
- Loss of memory or focus
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Unrefreshing sleep
(In addition to these symptoms, chronic fatigue may include such indicators as extreme exhaustion, sore throat, enlarged lymph glands, and joint pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with your doctor, as they could be indicators of a more serious but underlying health condition.)
I don’t know about you, but I can definitely check “yes” on several of those symptoms, especially during this time of the year…I am making my game plan now, though, and focusing more on my health with these tips!
Simple Strategies to Feel Your Best this Christmas
Fighting fatigue requires focusing on your overall health and committing to healthy living practices. The holidays can make that tough, but these simple strategies can help.
I know regular exercise can be tough, but I’ve mentioned before that even just a brisk 10 minute walk is better than nothing. Getting in that walk will get your blood flowing and your endorphins pumping, so you’ll naturally feel more energetic. (Plus, it’ll help you work off a few of those calories from that Christmas cookie you just enjoyed!)
Few people realize how huge a role hydration plays in how you feel. When I don’t drink enough water, I feel tired, unfocused, and irritable. Not to mention, I get headaches and bloated. To keep your energy up and fatigue at bay, try to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. I carry a water bottle with me wherever I go, so I’m sure to drink throughout the day.
Obviously, getting enough sleep is a “no-brainer” when it comes to fighting fatigue, and you’re probably shaking your head already thinking “there is no way I am going to get any extra sleep during this time of the year.” That’s okay. But, what you do need to do is get on a more regular sleep schedule. Think sleeping in as late as you can on Saturday morning is helping your fatigue? Think again. It’s probably just making you feel more tired during the week. Instead make a goal to be in bed by a certain time each evening and get up at a regular time, too. This schedule will help your body adjust and feel less deprived. (This is the one I need to work on most.)
4. Eat More
Yep, you read that right! I am giving you the go ahead to eat more, even during the holidays! Okay, okay, so you shouldn’t just start eating more, you should actually just be focusing on eating more often. Instead of just eating 3 larger, heavier meals, try breaking your food into smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. I have more energy when I eat roughly every 2 hours. (It helps stave off tummy troubles, too.) Eating this often can be tricky when you’re busy, but I just take fresh fruit and a few of my other favorite snacks with me, like raisins and peanuts, when I leave in the morning. This way, I always have something to nibble on.
If you’re really struggling with holiday fatigue, consider adding a supplement to your diet. Omega-3s are great for boosting your energy stores and improving concentration. Take a fish oil supplement or simply add a little more fish into your diet to increase your intake of these energy (and brain) boosting nutrients!
If you’re like me and starting to feel the drain of the holiday season, try these simple strategies to boost your energy levels of bust fatigue. When I’m following these tips, I feel better and am able to do more of the things I love, and I know you will, too. Fight fatigue and feel your best this Christmas!
What strategies do you use for fighting fatigue? What does your health regimen look like for the holidays?