Fatigue is a common issue during the holiday season. We’re going from one holiday event to a family party, then jumping over to work only to repeat it all over again. It’s important to understand that you can’t be everyone’s super hero if you’re so tired you’re falling asleep on buses, work desks, or on your plate of food. Sleep is essential not only for our day-to-day lives but for our wellbeing and overall health. Lack of sleep can lead to your immune system shutting down, increased stress or anxiety, increased symptoms of depression and the dreaded winter weight gain.
It’s easy to start drinking excessive amounts of caffeine and assuming that will be more than enough to get you through the busy, hectic and overwhelming winter season. Instead of trying to caffeinate ourselves into a zombified state we should instead look at the little things we can do to help boost your energy level and help you get the sleep you need to make it through the season.
- Go to bed early: Seems pretty obvious, right? Wrong. During the winter we tend to stay up late catching up on all those missed TV shows or movies when we should be letting our bodies decompress and getting the full night’s sleep like we need.
- Eat fish: Not only are fish a great addition into your diet for getting healthy but it can help you relax and get the kind of sleep you’ve been missing out on.
- Exercise: Obviously working out is probably the last thing you want to do when tired, working out and getting moving when you’re barely able to keep your eyes open seems comparable to mountain climbing. But making yourself move and get your heart pumping is a proven and fast acting method to wake yourself up and get the blood flowing again.
- Yoga: If active cardio is too much for you try using yoga to improve your flexibility and a way to decompress from any stress or anxiety you may be dealing with.
- Limit the caffeine: This goes without saying, caffeine makes you stay awake and keeps your body from the natural rest it may need in the evening. In the latter half of the day try to cut out the caffeine breaks.
- Water: Drink plenty of water, dehydration can cause a body to feel more worn down than you actually are.
Remember, with the sun setting earlier in the days it’s easy to let ourselves get complacent and feel down. Try keeping your sleep schedule as close to normal as possible to help beat the effects of the winter blues.