For a lot of people, the holidays (that crush of time from November to New Years) is at once wonderful…and potentially an energy drain. For every memorable meal, decorated home, sleigh ride and perfect gift is a person who ran themselves ragged to make sure it happened! So if you’re one of the architects of festivity this holiday season, be sure to take care of yourself and keep your energy at optimum levels. After all — you should be able to enjoy yourself too! So we’ve come up with some smart tips to keep you from burning out this year.
Watch Out for Sugar
What other ingredient (well, besides pumpkin) is as ubiquitous during the holidays as sugar? It’s everywhere — dusted over cookies, baked into pastries, whipped into that cranberry salad and calling your name from a platter at the office Christmas party. But after the initial buzz from your sugar fix wears off, you can end up feeling even less energized than before — and possibly worse, since sugar can cause sluggishness, fatigue and irritability.
And if you’re eating a lot of sugar, you might be neglecting other key nutrients, which can leave you feeling run down as well. Make sure you continue getting the right amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, and if you need an energy pick-me-up, try something that’s healthy and sugar-free like Re:Vive, which is designed to be a natural source for energy, mental alertness, immune support and overall well-being.
Sugars can also be found in carb-heavy foods. Consider trimming some carbs from your diet…and try Re:Sults! Re:Sults gives your body the ability to burn fat for energy and helps you flip your own switch to a better fuel.
Take a Walk Outside
Although some fall and winter weather conditions can make it impossible, talking even a quick 10 minute walk outside can go a long way in helping you stay energetic and focused. The exposure to sunlight alone can provide much-needed Vitamin D — levels which can drop in colder months where people tend to stay indoors. A walk outdoors can help you clear your head, take a quick break from a stressful situation, and keep your blood flowing.
Be Mindful of Alcohol Intake
It seems like there’s a reason to toast every time you turn around during the holidays! From family dinners to office get-togethers, breaking out the booze seems to happen quite a bit this time of year. While we’d never tell you to turn down every flute of champagne that comes your way, it is important to sip slowly and follow each drink with a full glass of water. Alcohol can have dehydrating effects…which does nothing to help energy levels. You’ll sleep better (and have a better chance of keeping off extra pounds) if you stick to one drink. And what you drink can matter too — the calories and sugar in a 4 oz glass of wine is significantly less than a brimming cup of eggnog (sugar + fat + booze, oh my!).
Since we’re on the topic, drinking water after an alcoholic beverage is a great idea…but then, so is staying properly hydrated all the time, holidays included! As temperatures drop outside, people sometimes don’t hydrate enough. They figure if they’re not sweating, they don’t need it. But proper hydration can boost energy levels like you wouldn’t believe, and can go a long way in preventing dry, flaking skin. We love our LivingWater, and keeping a refillable bottle with you when you’re on the go is a great idea. The alkaline LivingWater will help buffer acid, remove toxins, and is easily absorbed by your body. It’s a win-win!
Sticking to your regular exercise routine can be hard when you’re out doing last-minute shopping, cooking a feast for 20 or coordinating a party. But it’s important to keep moving, since exercise is a key component of maintaining healthy energy levels. It’s okay to get creative about how and where you squeeze in some physical activity: if you’re at the mall or our shopping, make an extra lap or two around the building. Opt for stairs instead of an elevator. Enjoy your favorite holiday movie, but promise yourself to do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups every commercial break. You might find you wake up with more energy than normal!