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Fight Holiday Fatigue

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Vladislav MuslakovNovember is here, and that means the ever-extending holiday season has officially begun. It’s a long stretch until New Year’s Eve, and festivities between now and then have the potential to exhaust even the most enthusiastic revelers. Our advice? Be proactive and instill habits now that will renew your energy and serve you well into 2019.

 Rule Out Medical Issues. Is it the hustle and bustle of the season that has you down, or could it be something more? Conditions like thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more can cause exhaustion, so if there’s anyconcern, your first stop should be your physician’s office.

Move. Sure, you’re wiped out, and all you want to do is flop on the couch for a holiday movie marathon. Before you settle in, though, try a brisk walk around the block. Counterintuitively, exertion gives us more energy rather than depleting us. If your schedule is too packed for trips to the gym, bank in exercise by taking the stairs at the office or parking in the back of the lot when shopping. Remember, just 10 minutes of walking a day can make a difference.

Drink Water. When we’re busy, we tend to forget to stop and rehydrate, and that’s a mistake – dehydration can cause fatigue. Carry a water bottle with you to reinforce the habit, and drink a big glass first thing in the morning and with every meal.

Reduce Alcohol Intake. It’s a season of indulgence (and overindulgence). While a couple of cocktails may make it easier to fall asleep, quality of sleep is compromised. Cut that glass of wine with sparkling fruit juice, or simply forego alcohol in lieu of a festive, nonalcoholic beverage like spiced cider.

Cut Back on Caffeine. If you can’t get through the day without caffeine, you’re not alone. But that energy jolt can be followed by a caffeine crash, and afternoon coffee breaks tend to wreak havoc on sleep. Start by tapering off your afternoon serving, substituting decaf coffee or drinking lower-caffeine tea instead. If that goes well, the next step is getting your morning habit under control.

Get Enough Shuteye. This may seem an obvious means of combating fatigue, but it bears repeating. Whenever possible, keep your bedtime and wake-up call consistent, and aim for 8 hours each night.

Being well rested is important any time of year, but it becomes even more important during this season of commitments and celebrations. Make some small changes to your routine now, and savor the holidays with renewed vigor.

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