It’s my favorite time of year—and definitely the busiest. There’s always a long to-do list to cross off, holiday parties to enjoy, lights to see, hot chocolate to drink, snowmen to build, gingerbread houses to decorate, and hidden Christmas presents to find. Yes, I’m a grown adult, I can’t help that these are my priorities. But, because I’m not 10 anymore, I seem to get worn out and feel tired a lot faster than I did when I was a kid. I do a few things to keep my energy levels high, some would say too high, but what’s wrong with wanting to feel like a kid again? Here are a few easy-to-implement tips:
Nourish Your Body: Protein-rich foods like quinoa, beans, eggs, and tuna make all the difference in sustained energy throughout the day. Sometimes it is difficult to be health-conscious during the holidays, but striving for consistent improvement each day by adding nourishing foods, supplements, and ingredients to your diet can be all it takes to see a difference in your energy levels. Personally, I NEVER go a day without my natural, Moringa-rich energy drink. By drinking it every day, I get the vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, and omega oils that my body needs to feel energized.
Gym Time: Probably the most annoying advice to hear when you’re tired is to go workout. But, working out equals endorphins, and endorphins mean energy. If the gym isn’t your thing, try walking around your neighborhood to see some Christmas lights or speed walk your way through the mall to get your holiday shopping done.
Take a Break: I know you’re busy, but sometimes to ACTUALLY make the season merry and bright, you need to take a breather. In a study by Brock University, a 10-30-minute nap is all you need to feel re-energized and refreshed. Don’t have 10 minutes? Try deep breathing for just 60 seconds. When you focus on breathing you help slow your heartbeat and help lower or stabilize blood pressure—resulting in a more relaxed you. Doing things like watching a holiday movie with your family or friends, sitting by the fire and reading a book, or going to bed just 30 minutes earlier can all help with your energy levels, too.
Happy Holidays! Here’s to staying happy, energized, and a little more childlike this season!