This is a fun time of year, but it can take its toll. For women especially we have to shop more, clean more, socialize more and cook more. Who has the time? We seem to make the time but then exhaustion sets in. It usually stays all winter too, at least for me. I hate the time change and the cold. Here are 5 tips that might help you.
1. Move that poor tired bod. Do something. Walk, exercise, do some yoga, just get that circulation going. The hardest part is getting off the couch, but once you get going, you will be happier. Don’t set your goals so high that you quit. Start with 2 days a week and one weekend day. Or, use part of your lunch break during the week.
2. Get some natural sunlight. This can be a huge uplift to your spirit. You can incorporate your exercise into an outdoor activity and kill two birds with one stone. Being outside helps de-stress you and you get that vital vitamin D from the sun. 10-15 minutes of exposure 3 times a week can provide most of what you need. This can help fight depression, pain and autoimmune diseases. Again, getting out at lunchtime can be a big help.
3. Eat real food. Now that we’re talking about lunch, one of the worst killers of energy is too much sugar. It’s great when you’re high, but when you crash, it’s just awful. You’re tired and cranky and usually hungry again or feeling sick to your stomach.
If it is junk you choose to eat, you won’t run at top speed. You need natural foods to provide you with the high-grade fuel that we once had all of the time. You also need to stay hydrated. Most of us don’t take the time to drink our 8+ glasses of water. This can give you headaches, make you tired, slow and even dizzy.
4. Socialize a bit. We are social animals and crave this interaction. Of course now we are doing it online which is not quite the same. It really is better to connect in person. See the reactions, hug, laugh and have some fun.
You should be mindful of your alcohol intake. This can lead to interrupted sleep patterns, not to mention the day after hangover feeling. Other meds can add to the problem as well. antidepressants, the Pill, and other prescriptions can interfere with the natural hormonal processes your body is trying to perform.
5. Get enough sleep. When you do get to bed try to make it 8 hours of sleep. You need time to unwind and recharge. Your body has a lot of repairing to do, give it enough time and you will be rewarded with a better mood, more energy, weight loss and lower blood pressure. Watch the caffeine intake after noon time and don’t use the TV or your laptop the last hour of your day. You can read, stretch, meditate or listen to some gentle music.
Like I said, this is nothing new, we just rarely take the time to do these things as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and it’s worse during the holidays. Take the time to take care of yourself, no one else can. I hope you have the best and healthiest holiday ever!