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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Surviving the Holiday Rush — Ways to Combat Fatigue

Surviving the Holiday Rush — Ways to Combat Fatigue

Has all the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday season left you dragging? Socializing late into the night with friends at parties, searching out the perfect gift at the mall, and baking twelve dozen cookies for your child’s classroom can leave anyone feeling fatigued. What can do you do to make it through the holidays without total exhaustion? Try these simple tips.

Get sleep. The average adult needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Set a specific bedtime and make it a priority to stick to it so you will feel rested for the next day.

Eat healthy foods. A well-balanced diet will give your body the fuel it needs to get you through a busy day. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and avoid high-fat and sugary foods. Never skip meals, as this quickly drains your energy.

Drink water. Dehydration actually causes fatigue. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day to keep your body hydrated and functioning at its best.

Avoid caffeine, especially later in the day. Caffeine can make it difficult to fall asleep, and it also prevents sound sleep. Be aware that some cold medicines and pain relievers contain caffeine and other stimulants.

Limit alcohol. Alcohol is a sedative that leaves you feeling tired and may hinder sound sleep if consumed late in the day.

Exercise regularly. At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day will increase your stamina. Regular physical activity lowers stress, improves your mood, and leaves you feeling energized.

Reduce stress. Set the alarm clock 15 minutes earlier to ease the morning rush. Set priorities and realistic expectations for yourself. Realize you cannot “do it all,” and learn to say no. Take time each day for yourself to do something you enjoy.

Developing good habits for your daily life will help prevent fatigue not only during the holidays, but each day of the coming new year. If you experience persistent fatigue despite healthy practices, it could be a sign potential illness, and you should consult a physician.

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