The holidays have just passed – and with it came lots of tasks that need to be finished off – remove all the decorations, clear off the porch, and whatnot. With all of this going on, it’s pretty easy to be feeling overwhelmed after the holidays.
What’s worse – recent studies have shown that nearly 50 to 60 percent of people suffer from high levels of stress during and after the holiday season. Whether it’s about juggling deadlines at work or even interacting with their relatives, the to-do list gets longer and longer after the holidays, so, it’s quite easy to understand why we can be feeling under the clouds after the holidays.
So, what should you do?
Family and friends
Of course, you love them, but the thing is – you may hate to admit it, but it’s quite true, on many occasions, they raise your tension levels, and they take out a lot of you during and after the holidays, more if, if you have a few events lined up or some dear ole’ cousin who simply refuses to let you go!
It happens, you can’t ignore it – it can be your friend or even your family member, you can’t just ignore them even if you want to.
Here’s what you should do – if they are family member, then, sure it’s okay, they are a keeper, plus even it’s a friend that pumps you up, it is suggested that you meet up with them, not daily, but every once in a while – they are sure to leave you feeling restored.
That said, even they are dear to you, but if you are low on energy, it is recommended that you meet up either for coffee or lunch instead of making plans to stay at their home.
On some occasions, you are even going to come across a few people who simply rubs you the wrong way – you can’t ignore them blatantly, but if possible, you can consider minimizing contact with the problematic ones, if you can.
Avoid taking sugar in copious amounts
You can’t deny the fact that many of us take sugar, and some – just too much. During the holidays, the cakes and cookies are just everywhere, and even after the holidays, many still take in a whole lot of sugar, and obviously, they can lead to the fluctuation of blood sugar and the energy levels, and which in turn, places stress on the body.
Say, if you take in a lot of sugar daily, like you eat a fair amount of them in the form of candies, cookies, cake, plus, if you also put sugar on items such as salad dressing and sauces, then really – it’s time for you to stop!
According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that you should take in less than six teaspoons of sugar daily. However, you should make it a point to not include sugar that occurs naturally, say, in milk or sugar. The ‘sugar’ that we are talking about is the extra added amount that is added to the food to sweeten them up.
In many packaged foods, you will see added sugar, you should avoid those, and even if you opt for those packaged foods, then, try to limit their intake.
Enjoy balanced meals
During the time of the holidays, you have made many stops at parties, and had your fair share of quick bites than you would possibly like to enjoy – and frankly, instead of nourishing, they are the exact opposite.
And now, you are feeling quite worried – think of what you added to your diet those days?
Did they include healthy fats such as nuts and avocados? Have you taken any fruits or green veggies? What about beans and legumes? Or even wild or brown rice?
Seems like you haven’t included them at all in your diet during the holidays, so, here’s what you should do – consider mixing the above into your diet, and you will get steady energy in no time at all. That is because proteins and high fiber carbs are good for you as they can make you feel full for longer periods, thus stabilizing your blood sugar.
You are recommended to opt for carbs such as wholegrain bread, sweet potato, wild rice pilaf, to name a few. As for fats, you can opt for olive oil, pesto, and even nut butters. For green veggies, fruit salad, steamed broccoli and such work best. Also, consider adding in an egg that is mixed with two egg whites – plus, baked salmon, lean meat and cooked beans for proteins.
Taking in iron-rich foods
The holidays many have played quite a havoc on you and your body, but that doesn’t mean that you are simply going to give up – it’s recommended that you opt for iron-rich foods such as shellfish, dark leafy greens, beans, and fortified grains, and even red meat, as they are a rich source of iron (after all, it’s responsible for helping the red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body).
Don’t even think of skimping out on them – consider taking the above at least once a day, and you will be getting enough iron. That said, if you are a vegetarian, then, it’s suggested that you pair your plant-based source of iron with food that’s quite rich in vitamin C. that said, you can also have a talk with your doctor for added guidance.
Are you staying active?
It’s recommended that you do regular physical activity as it will help to manage your stress levels plus you will also be able to avoid a mid-afternoon slump.
It’s suggested that you ratchet up the intensity of your workout sessions – consider breaking a sweat but not completely out of breath. Exercise can always transform the way you can feel both physically and mentally.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Okay, so, many of us sleep little, but then, do you know that too much sleep can leave us feeling too groggy, and you don’t want that to happen, right?
With late nights of drinking and work-related fear (we are looking at you, deadlines), they can make it hard to keep a regular schedule – what recommended is that you need to figure out a schedule that suits you, that is, you have to figure out the right number of hours that will let you stay energized, and tweak your schedule accordingly.
Sure, the holidays have gone, and with it, the havoc, tension and what not – they too have left you, so, it’s time for you to sit back, take a breather, and fill your body with good food and thoughts.
Take a minute to decompress, make sure that you are getting enough hours of sleep – trust us, you will feel much better.