10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Fatigue
Let’s be real. This time of year it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Next thing you know, you’re run down and often that leads to fatigue and even illness. Optimum health is what’s needed to navigate the tricky terrain ahead. Taking care of both your mental and physical well being will enable you to feel your best and most vibrant self. Avoid holiday fatigue with these tips. The best approach is to stop, breathe, and plan ahead. You know what they say? Fail to plan is a plan to fail!
- BUSINESS AS USUAL: as much as possible, stick to your regular routine….workouts, bagged lunches, dinners at home, wake and sleep times….don’t use the season as an excuse to totally abandon your health goals. Be MINDFUL, reasonable and realistic.
- MOVE: walk during lunch, take the stairs, park farther away, make it to the gym. When you raise your heart rate and raise your metabolism, you provide yourself with a boost of energy.
- SET YOURSELF UP FOR SLEEP SUCCESS: Turn off all electronics 1 hour before sleep time. Make a personal “to do” list for tomorrow: prioritize the top three “must dos”. Crawl into bed with a book, take a bubble bath, listen to a guided meditation. Leave your cell phone in another room charging for the following day. Relax and unwind so you’re ready for sleep.
- HYDRATE: always aim for half your body weight in daily ounces of water. This hectic season is no exception. In fact, when the weather gets colder and the humidity drops, your need for water increases. Headaches and fatigue are often signs of dehydration.
- CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE: It’s totally worth the 5-10 minutes it will take to go through and organize. You will be able to repackage, repurpose, even freeze items for the future. Once you’re able to see what you have on hand, it makes menu planning and grocery shopping much easier.
- MENU PLAN/GROCERY SHOP: Remember business as usual? Think through the week, determine how many nights you’ll be eating at home, how many days bagged lunches will be needed, what will you have on hand for quick and easy breakfasts. Go for simple recipes that you’ve made before. Maybe you have some previously made meals in the freezer. Chop enough salad veggies for several days.
- SET IT AND FORGET IT: dust off your crock pot and put it to good use on ultra busy days. Vegetarian Chile waiting for you when you walk in is a better choice than letting yourself fall into the “take out” trap. Save your indulgencies for the parties!
- SELF CARE: Make an appointment for a massage, sign up for a restorative yoga class, take a bubble bath, get outside and walk during lunch. Limit negative self-talk. Stop and ask yourself if you’d utter those words out loud to a friend….if the answer is “no” then they’re not words fitting for you either.
- PARTY PLAN: Eat a small raw salad before you go accompanied by a large glass of water so you’ll be less tempted to gorge at the party. Volunteer to bring a healthy option wherever you go. The hostess will thank you, and so will the other guests.
- MAKE TIME FOR FRIENDS: That hour you put aside to reconnect over a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a walk with the dogs will give back much more than it took.