Four Ways to Stay Energized this Holiday Season

Can you believe it? The holiday season is already upon us. It seems like just yesterday we were slathering on the sunscreen and taking trips to the beach. Where does the time go? But here we are, getting geared up for another festive and fun round of holiday celebrations. Here’s the thing; while the next two months will be filled with fabulous activities, there’s also the potential for us to feel totally drained. From family functions to crazy holiday shopping, it’s no surprise that many of us feel run down this time of year. Fortunately, there are some natural ways that we can increase our energy levels, helping us stay in the spirit all season long!

Stay Hydrated: Our bodies need water in order to thrive, especially during times when we are super busy, bustling about our days! In the winter, we have a tendency to enjoy a lot of delicious warm beverages including coffee and tea. The trouble is that these drinks can dehydrate our bodies, leaving us to feel tired and sometimes even agitated! As you go about your routine this holiday season, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Get in the habit of carrying around a cute reusable bottle with you so you can stay hydrated during the day. How much water do you need to drink? Take your body weight and divide it in half. The number you get is the total amount of water (in ounces) that you should be drinking on a daily basis. If drinking water is a bit too boring for you (we totally get it), rev-it-up by adding some lemon juice or a sprig of mint. 

Get those B Vitamins: Your mother was right! You need to stay on top of your vitamin intake every single day, especially if you want to maintain good health and energy levels during the holiday season. B vitamins play a vital role in helping us stay energized, especially because they serve as the building blocks of having a healthy body. B vitamins have a direct impact on our energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism. If you are feeling fatigued, weak or even experiencing irritability, you should take a look at including foods that are rich in B vitamins into your daily diet. Beans are a great source of various types of B vitamins. You can start eating black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas and even lentils. Yogurt also contains B vitamins as well as avocados and leafy green vegetables (hello kale chips). Try incorporating foods rich in this nutrient into your daily diet by making smoothies, homemade juice or even tasty salads. 

Be Balanced: During the holiday season, we have a tendency to constantly be on the go-go-go. From heading to the grocery store to get forgotten ingredients to waiting in lines during Black Friday, if we aren’t careful, we can run ourselves ragged! One of the best ways to keep our energy levels high naturally is to focus on being balanced. Now this can be tough, especially if we are maxed out with lots of holiday activities and festive functions. But here’s the thing: we all need time to decompress, relax and recharge! If you need to pull out your day planner and schedule time in for meditation or working out, do it! Make incorporating self-care into your daily routine a priority. If it means you have to get up an hour earlier, so be it! Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for spending time getting recharged on a daily basis. 

 

Don’t Skip your Workouts: Even though we are super busy this time of year, it’s important that we don’t skip our workouts. Exercise and other types of physical activity have been shown to produce endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that help us reduce stress and even improve our ability to sleep (and who doesn’t need more of that)! Plus, exercise is a great way for us to get our energy levels back up naturally. Did you know that certain types of exercise have been shown to help relieve stress? Yoga is an excellent way to promote positive well-being throughout our body. For stress relief tried doing gentle yoga or even yoga for beginners. Tai Chi is also a really great way to focus on relieving stress while helping us breath in a calming manner. Pilates helps us get our heart rates up and can act as another energizing exercise. Whatever you choose, just make sure you don’t skip your daily workouts! Stay active!

Now we want to hear from you! How are you going to focus on staying energized naturally this season? What types of workouts will you be doing and what healthy meals are you planning to prep? 

Written by Margaux J Rathbun