by Jackie Silver
Happy holidays! The busiest time of the year has arrived. Between holiday shopping, cooking and entertaining, you’ll need to keep your energy up to get through the season and enjoy it along the way.
The following tips can help you keep your energy up this holiday season without running out of steam:
1. Get a good night’s sleep – Few of us get all the sleep we need in today’s busy world, according to Dr. David Posen, author of The Little Book of Stress Relief.
To restore and regenerate your mind and body, you actually need between eight and nine hours of sleep every night. Children need 10 to 12 hours and teens need nine to 10 hours.
Here’s another little-known sleeping fact: Don’t use your cell phone at all in the hour before you go to sleep. It’s been found that radiation from handsets can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion, according to research funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum.
2. Make time to exercise – A simple walk is better than a nap if you need an energy boost. In fact, engaging in regular exercise actually increases your energy levels over the long run. Researcher Tim Puetz, PhD, of the University of Georgia exercise psychology laboratory, points out that lacing up your tennis shoes and getting some daily physical activity does a good job of giving you the energy boost you want compared to quick-fix energy drinks, etc.
3. Enjoy a cup of coffee – Go ahead! You’ll get more than an energy boost. Coffee actually provides a brain boost, as well.
According to a study by Dr. Mia Kivipelto, associate professor of neurology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, middle-aged men and women who drank three to five cups of coffee a day were 65 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who drank two cups or less. This means, unless your doctor’s restricted your coffee intake, you can feel good about enjoying your morning cup o’ Joe.
If you have a hectic schedule this holiday season, try these tips for celebrating at your energetic best.