Holiday Fatigue: 5 Ways to Fight It
From fighting crowds at the mall to battling a pie crust that just won’t seem to roll out, the holidays can be exhausting. But is there something you can do to fend off that holiday fatigue?
1. Get moving.
With family in town and work to wrap up before the end of the year, squeezing in a workout might feel impossible. But skipping exercise to fit in an extra nap can actually make you feel more tired.
It sounds exhausting, but working out actually gives you a boost of energy. And it prevents a sedentary lifestyle, which is one of the leading causes of fatigue.
2. Check in with yourself.
Holiday fatigue isn’t just physical.
Whether it’s financial pressures or a few stressful family members, this can be a difficult time for anyone. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself to practice mindfulness, or put boundaries in place when you need to.
3. Keep an eye on your vitamin intake.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, vitamins.
If vitamins haven’t cracked the top fifty items on your shopping list this holiday season, you’re not alone. But a vitamin deficiency – whether it’s B12, iron, or magnesium – can leave you feeling exhausted, no matter how much rest you get.
4. And don’t forget your vegetables.
Vitamins aren’t the only thing to add to your shopping cart – make sure you’re eating plenty of vegetables, too.
It’s easy to get swept up in the holiday season, and suddenly all of December can feel like a cheat day. But if you aren’t creating balanced meals regularly, your energy levels will likely be impacted.
5. Get plenty of rest.
Sometimes, exhaustion isn’t hiding anything – your body just needs more rest. And when it comes to holiday fatigue, this is often the case.
The holidays can cut into our sleep, especially with traveling or entertaining. But it’s important to try to stay on a regular sleep schedule. That means not sleeping in to excess if you’re on vacation, and not staying up too late either.
Napping throughout the day can also cause disruption, especially for longer than twenty minutes.
All content has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Michael Magnifico, MD.