With the year gradually winding down, and the festive season just around the corner, this last lap of the year can be the hardest, especially considering all the adjustments we all had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re feeling particularly rundown, we don’t blame you. Here’s how you can combat this and finish the year strong.

Get moving

We know it may feel like we’re asking for too much, but physical activity can do wonders for your health. Studies show that exercise boosts energy, lungs, heart and brain functionality. You will notice that, with consistent, moderate exercise, you will better maintain your energy throughout the day.

Hydrate

Our bodies are mainly comprised of water so dehydration can affect our metabolism, causing us to feel sluggish. To avoid this, you needn’t drink six to eight 250 ml glasses of water per day as has been recommended in the past, healthy adults simply need to drink to thirst, or if you need a marker – to chardonnay coloured urine. If you exercise often, make sure you replenish with more water.

Make a conscious effort to eat better

Too much of the wrong food can lead to nutrient deficiencies and conditions that affect your metabolism and cause chronic fatigue. Make sure you are eating a variety of whole foods (foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives or other artificial substances) like fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, unrefined carbs etc. It’s good to eat high-fibre and anti-inflammatory foods.

Whole foods are low on the glycaemic index which means their sugars are absorbed by the body slowly and provide longer-lasting energy – as opposed to processed foods that spike your blood sugar and results in you crashing early in the day.

Enjoy the outdoors

Take a break and go for a stroll outside to refresh your mind and stimulate circulation. It will improve your mood and concentration, and give you the jolt of energy you need to regain focus.

Sleep

As obvious as it may seem, getting between 7 – 9 hours of good quality sleep is crucial for you to keep energized throughout the. Try to get to bed earlier and maintain a sleep schedule that has you sleeping and waking up at the same time every day.

You might also want to read this post on the importance of exercise for mental health.

References

https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-017-0261-y
https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/workouts/boost-your-energy-level-with-exercise.aspx
https://www.webmd.com/balance/features/get-energy-back#1
https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-feeling-tired
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/quiet-your-mind-and-get-sleep/201501/11-ways-fight-fatigue
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2018/09/25/how-to-overcome-mental-fatigue-according-to-an-expert/#54c324521644