Though this holiday season may look different than years past due to COVID-19, hopefully your celebration is still filled with delicious foods.
Picture this: The first big meal of the holiday season is over. Dishes are in the sink waiting to be washed, and the last piece of pumpkin pie has been eaten. You’re feeling full, and all you want to do is doze off on the couch for the rest of the evening.
Instead of falling asleep after the big meal, regain some energy and make the most of the remainder of the holiday. Here are our top tips to help you get your energy and motivation back after a big meal.
Increase your H2O intake.
Keeping your body properly hydrated is key. Water prevents dehydration, and can help give you a quick energy boost, alleviate headaches or keep your body going during your workout. Drinking enough water each day is an essential part of any healthy weight loss plan, and water helps flush out the toxins that make you feel sluggish. Being mindful of consuming water before and after a holiday meal will help you stay alert once your plate is clean. Try infusing your water with fresh fruits or vegetables to add a little flavor and keep you coming back for more.
Turn up the tunes.
Listening to music is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood and your energy. Make a playlist of your favorite tunes to get your body moving. Before you start cleaning up the kitchen after your holiday feast, press play and get a little dance and cleaning party going.
If a dance party isn’t your thing, consider moving your body in another way such as a brisk walk around the block or quick yoga routine. Movement is a great way to fight fatigue and help you feel less full, while also burning off a few calories from your holiday meal. Consider going for a family walk before doing dishes or stream a yoga tutorial in the living room so you can stretch out, and wake up, your body.
Catch up with family and friends.
Nothing helps you stay awake quite like a lively conversation with loved ones. As many people will be spending the holidays apart from family and friends this season, dedicate time after your big meal to call your loved ones and catch up. Even if you can’t be together in person, you can still dedicate time to spend together to boost your spirits and energy levels. Add extra merriment and liveliness by playing an online game or trivia.
Power down and sleep.
Your fatigue may be a result of stress rather than overeating. Especially this year with COVID-19, holidays have been extra stressful. Sleep is a wonderful thing that can be elusive to many during the holiday season. Stress, fatigue and lack of motivation are our consolation prizes when we don’t get the necessary amount of sleep each night. Check out these tips for getting a better nights sleep even when you’re stressed.