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5 top tips for staying energised at Christmas

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5 top tips for staying energised at Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas.

Although many of us look forward to celebrating with friends and family, it often leaves us feeling tired or burnt out. That’s why it’s essential to preserve - and optimise - our energy levels. Here are my five top tips for staying energised over the Christmas period.

1. Get hydrated

Hydration is vital at this time of year.

When we’re at work we tend to have good routines, but at Christmas we fall out of our normal patterns.

Be aware of your water intake and make sure you’re taking enough on board. Keep a sports bottle to hand, especially if you’re out and about and visiting relatives.

If you’re going to be going out and having a few beverages, make sure you have a glass of water between drinks. It will help your kidneys operate better and flush the alcohol out of your system, so you’ll have a better night and won’t feel so groggy the next morning.

2. Get plenty of rest

The majority of us walk around in a state of mild sleep-deprivation for most of the year. Then, in the lead up to Christmas, we’re running around trying to get the family organised and find the perfect presents - while dealing with last minute orders from clients.

Thankfully Christmas is a fantastic opportunity to catch up on some much-needed rest and spend time with the family. Get your devices out of the way, don’t think about your mobile phone, turn off social media and emails. Not only will you avoid festive FOMO, but you’ll be more relaxed, have time for a snooze in front of the Queen’s Speech and generally be more present.

3. Get physical

The third tip is about scheduling physical activity over the festive period and giving yourself a bit of an energy boost.

There are lots of ways to do this. On a crisp, bright day you can get out for a walk and absorb a bit of Vitamin D, which will help you stay happy over winter. Wrap up warm with the family and have a lovely long walk in the countryside, or along a beach.

If you’re into running, find a festive event. There are normally Boxing Day runs, New Year’s Day races and Park Runs wearing Santa hats.

Of course, if you’re feeling brave, try taking a dip in the sea. Lots of the UK’s coastal towns these on Boxing Day. It’s a bit of shock, but immersing yourself in cold water is good for the immune system - as well as lots of fun.

4. Get organised

The fourth point is about making commitments and plans for next year. But don’t make resolutions - they rarely work. Most of us have given up on them by the end of January.

Instead, think about making some big plans about what you want to achieve in the new year. Whether that’s at home, at work, or any combination of the two.

The period between Christmas and New Year is a great time to think about that and make plans. Write down your aims and give them some structure. Once you’ve put a bit of detail behind what you’re going to do, make a step towards them.

For example, most people know that I do triathlons and I’m trying to qualify for the World Championships. Working towards that, I’ve booked all of my races for next year; I’ve made a commitment to training that I’m likely to maintain.

5. Get giving

My fifth and final point is: Give something back. It is the season of good will to all men, after all. Most towns and cities host Christmas lunches for the homeless, so you could volunteer your time and help out. Or have a chat with a homeless person, buy them a coffee and find out what’s going on in their life. It’s a pretty lonely time for people on the streets, so giving them your time is a valuable thing to do.

Alternatively, perform a random act of kindness. The other day a chap rushed over to me in the car park to give me his unused parking ticket. Although I’d already got one, it still made me feel warm inside - and I’m sure it was the same for him. Random acts of kindness will make you feel better, because there’s a gift in giving, not receiving.

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