Festive Period Fatigue
It’s no secret that Christmas is a stressful time, with jam-packed schedules of family time, present buying, excessive Christmas eating and more social outings than any other time of the year.
According to a recent study by the University of Edinburgh, the festive stress scratches beyond the surface and we all unwittingly suffer from ‘Christmas hormones’. These occur during the festive season and causes a potent mix of cortisol, serotonin and dopamine to soar through our bodies, causing highs and lows but mostly chronic fatigue and can surprise our immune system.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the pre-Christmas madness and are preparing yourself for a post-festive crash, find out how you can fight the festive fatigue and feel fabulous this Christmas.
It can be very tempting to get stuck into all the food that usually gets cooked during holiday times. Enjoy the food but try and keep a balance. If you eat too much at lunch, try to have a healthy meal at dinner. We all know what happens if we over indulge during the holidays, it results in poor energy levels, a bad head and feeling bloated because you’ve over eaten for the sake of the festive spirit.
It would be tempting to have plenty of alcohol with your partner or with friends in the evening. We know the social outings with friends or work colleagues can mount up, but you can socialise without always having to feel pressured into consuming your body weight in alcohol. Just because everyone else is losing their head, it doesn’t mean you should also! It makes sense to have a few alcohol-free days each week to give your digestive system and liver a break. Try to be around people who are keeping themselves busy not “boozy”. Try going for walks, play some sports or board games rather than giving into the bad habits, such as drinking.
If you do find yourself with a planned social event and you are planning to indulge, then consider making room for all the proposed calories you are going to consume through alcohol. Do some aerobic based exercise earlier that day. Going for a 30-40mins run will be sufficient and it will also speed up your metabolism for hours post exercise, meaning your body will be burning calories more efficiently. Also it is important the day after a heavy night that you don’t then indulge and binge on rubbish food. Drink plenty of water and try to make smart choices with your meals. After a night out drinking, you have consumed thousands of calories and the last thing you want to do is continue to pile on added calories the following day through poor eating.
If you play sports, ride your bike or enjoy jogging, keep it up. If you are not normally active, this may be the time to get out there and try some physical exercise. You will be able to burn off the extra kilos, feel better and have some time out from the madness of the festive period.
Being stressed around this time will be more severe if you are tired. Try to get plenty of sleep during the holidays, this time is for relaxing and enjoyment. You are not working are you? Get away from that computer or emails! Maybe you could sneak off for an afternoon nap every now and then. You may want to try to relax more, this is especially important if you suffer from burn-out, fatigue or anxiety.
Top Tips to avoid the festive fatigue:
- Relax and enjoy any time off with friends and family
- Enjoy yourself, but do not over indulge too much and regularly
- Ensure you are still getting enough sleep
- Keep moving, don’t take a break from any physical activities you may be involved in
- Try and keep stress levels low
- Do not use the festive period as an excuse to pile on the weight, be sensible and make smart choices
- Make sure you have more wins than losses
Believe in the process and enjoy the journey.
Team 4D Fit