• Deanne Pandey

Ever heard of Holiday Fatigue?

Welcoming the new year sure feels great! New opportunities, new memories and new adventures. But it sure does mark an end to the festivities. The holidays are over and you’re feeling exhausted when you “should” be feeling refreshed from the break. You might be suffering from post-holiday fatigue. The symptoms of holiday fatigue are anxiety, irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeping too much or too little, change in appetite, weight loss or gain, inability to concentrate, increased desire to be alone, and loss of interest in things you usually enjoy. Part of what's to blame for the post-holiday slump is that we spend a month or more gearing up for the holiday season and in a week's time, it's over. Without anything glittery on the horizon, getting back to the daily grind, especially in the darker days of winter, may cause seasonal depression to sink in. But there’s no need to worry!

Here’s how you can get over a holiday fatigue and get prepped for your routine

Start Your Morning Right

If you’re still feeling the holiday fatigue, consider a few tweaks to the mornings after. Start your day off by hydrating with replenishing herbal tea or water; get 15 minutes of fresh sunshine, and do some light movement, such as a short walk or even stretching.

Include Foods that Give You Energy

The truth is, is that holidays are meant to be celebrated, and including some sweets is perfectly fine. It’s all about balance: if you’ve been indulging more than usual, try to stick to just one treat or two a day. Another recommendation is adding foods that give you energy. Stock your kitchen with lean protein, fresh produce, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.

Keep a track of your sleep cycle

If you fight your body’s circadian rhythm, especially for holiday events, you’re bound to feel more tired. Schedule your day for more energy, more productivity, and better sleep!

Start Meditating

Taking a timeout to simply listen to your breath go in and out can re-energize you. If you find yourself feeling depleted of energy, take a five-minute break to inhale and exhale deeply or take a walk outdoors. Many studies have shown breathing in fresh outdoor air can help relax the nervous system and re-energize the brain, improving focus and creativity.

Beating the holiday slump is important to start a new year. With these simple tweaks, you’ll get more energy, beat that holiday fatigue, and be ready to celebrate a hopeful New Year!

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