With the arrival of January and all of the Christmas and New Years celebrations behind you, it’s pretty normal to feel a little bit, or a lot, sluggish. After countless parties and gatherings, plenty of calorie rich foods, and a seemingly continuous supply of alcohol, even Superman would need a nap. Not to worry though, following these simple steps will bring you back to you pre-holiday, much more energetic self.
5) Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of water. Being dehydrated is one of the causes of fatigue, and after a season of wine drinking, it’s no wonder we’re all feeling a little sleepy. Alcohol is majorly dehydrating to your body, so drinking plenty of water in January will have you feeling great again in no time. Aside from rehydrating, water will help flush your system and perform a mini reset to help kick start getting back into healthier habits.
4) Avoid Sugar
Eat well and avoid foods loaded with sugar. We can all relate to over indulging from time to time, especially on vacation, but over doing it can cause your body to crash. If you’re struggling to stay energized, put down the cookies and pick up a healthy snack instead. Reducing sugar intake will help your blood sugar to stabilize, which in turn won’t cause the dreaded “food coma”. Not only that, but cutting out the processed foods and replacing them with fresh, whole foods will give your body the nutrients it needs to power through the day.
3) Weekly Exercise
Incorporate some exercise into your routine. While the last thing you may feel like doing is being active, exercise is actually energy boosting. You certainly don’t have to be doing super strenuous activities like CrossFit for this to be effective; simply going for walks will help. Being active gets your heart working, releases positive endorphins, and keeps your muscles and joints limber.
2) Get Enough Sleep
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. In order to have energy, you need to restore your used energy. If you’re trying to function on three or four hours of sleep per night, you’ll be drained all day. Make sure to get seven to eight hours of consistent sleep every night and you’ll be amazed at the results. Not only will you feel more alert, you’ll be more motivated and ready to tackle the day.
1) Take Multi-Vitamins
Start taking a multi-vitamin. Sometimes even a small vitamin deficiency can make the world of difference between feeling tired and feeling great. Taking a good multi-vitamin will help ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs to not only have energy, but also to keep your immune system strong.
Feeling tired is literally exhausting so luckily both regaining and staying energetic isn’t the tedious task you might think it is. Giving your body a reboot by following these simple steps will be the best decision you make all year.