As the holidays are approaching, are you looking for tips to beat fatigue? You are no doubt becoming busier and your calendar is getting full. Thanksgiving is here, Christmas is fastly approaching, and there are lots of preparations to be made. If you haven’t begun your Christmas shopping yet, then that is weighing heavily on your mind, as well. You have gifts to buy, celebrations to plan, friends to see, and all the while you still have to find time to go to work, do the grocery shopping, make dinner, shuttle the kids to their various activities, and so on.
Are you wondering how you will fit all of this into your schedule? You may already feel exhausted just thinking about all that you have to do, yet you want have enough energy to enjoy all these activities. Never fear, here are some tips to help you rev up your energy for the holidays:
1. Don’t skimp on sleep – A good night’s sleep is crucial for restoring energy and rejuvenating mind and body. If you are dragging at midday, then an afternoon nap can help give you more energy, too.
2. Get up and move – Physical activity boosts energy levels because exercise helps the blood flow and carry oxygen and nutrients to the muscle tissues in your body.
3. Make time for healthy meals – Always eat a healthy breakfast to start your day off strong. Incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables into your meals. Avoid foods such as sugar, soda, coffee, grains, dairy products and simple carbohydrates, which can initially give you a quick energy boost, but are always followed with a dramatic drop in energy and can cause fatigue.
4. Pace yourself – Don’t try to do too much – prioritize your time. For instance, plan to buy a few Christmas gifts each week starting in November. Take time for yourself each day to relax and have some downtime to prevent burnout.
5. Take a quality multivitamin – The busier you are, the more energy your body will use, so don’t forget to support your body’s energy needs. Stress and increased activity deplete the body of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
6. Take Vitamin C to support the adrenal glands – The adrenal glands, which produce the hormone cortisol, use a high concentration of vitamin C. Cortisol enables us to handle stress, however when our cortisol levels are low, we begin to feel the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. This happens because our adrenal glands cannot keep up with the high demand of cortisol needed by our body.
7. Drink plenty of water – Dehydration depletes energy.
8. Don’t forget to eat protein – Insufficient protein is a common cause of fatigue. When you are on the go, carry a protein snack with you such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts or cashews.
9. Don’t forget to take your bioidentical hormones – When we get busy we can forget to take our daily natural hormones and thyroid supplementation. Make an extra effort not to miss a dose by gathering your pills into a pill box each night so that they are ready to take the following morning. Balanced hormones are crucial to feeling great and energized. You want to keep your thyroid function at its best so that your metabolism will be able to keep up with your body’s extra demands during the holidays.
10. Take Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 helps create red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body. It is crucial for nerve health and Vitamin B12 helps prevent anemia.
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