One holiday down-and now a month of parties to go! While you get excited for all the gatherings to come, here's how to stay energized through the whole season.
Drink water. Dehydration can cause your energy levels to plummet, registered dietician Susan Kleiner told Allure, "and we all wake up dehydrated." Start your day with two 8-ounce glasses of water as soon as you wake up, and keep a water bottle on your desk and sip from it throughout the day.
Eat right. Eggs are rich in choline, which helps to boost concentration. And omega-3 fatty acids "are critical to improving brain function, energy, and mood," says Kleiner. You could add a bit of salmon to your morning omelets or put it on your dinner menu once or twice a week; alternatively, a 1,000 to 1,500 milligram daily supplement should energize you in about a week.
Get your heart pumping. "Exercise activates the whole sympathetic nervous system," Thomas Plante, professor of psychology at Santa Clara University in California, told Allure. "This wakes you up and gives you a healthy boost." Even if you don't have time to hit the gym, according to Plante, a brisk walk around the block can have the same effect as a double espresso...without the crash that follows.
Sleep well. Easier said than done, we know. But there are a few things tricks to getting more restful sleep: Keep your room cool; 68 degrees should do it. That'll help your body fall into deeper sleep, psychiatrist Sara Mednick told Allure. Keep digital clocks out of your line of slight; the light can be disruptive. And look for an alarm clock that wakes you up gradually, rather than one that startles you out of deep sleep. "That loud sound is too much of a transition for the brain and body," says Mednick.
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