While the holiday season is meant to be full of fun and family, it can actually leave you exhausted by the time the New Year comes around. Between cooking Thanksgiving dinner, running around finding gifts for everyone and coming up with your holiday plans, you will likely be drained of energy in no time. When you’re feeling exhausted, it can become difficult to concentrate and you may find yourself easily irritated. When this starts to happen, there are a few things you can do to help boost your energy.
Increase your intake of magnesium.
We all know that eating a balanced diet is important to our overall health, but many people don’t realize that a magnesium deficiency may actually cause your energy level to drop. To reach the recommended daily intake of magnesium (300 milligrams for women, 350 milligrams for men), try adding a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your diet, increasing your intake of whole grains and eating more fish.
Take a stroll.
While walking may seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re exhausted, it is actually one of the fastest ways to increase your energy level. Even a brisk 10-minute walk can affect your energy levels for up to two hours. If you continue this practice of 10-minute walks for three weeks, you’ll notice an overall increase in energy level and mood.
Never skip breakfast.
Eating breakfast is key to increased energy throughout the day. Because your body fasts for so many hours throughout the night, it’s key to break that fast as soon as possible when you wake up. Remember, protein and complex carbs are best.
Energize with a quick snack.
Combining fiber, protein and some carbs is an excellent power snack to keep your energy level up. Carbs are always great for a quick energy boost, protein keeps your energy level up and carbs cause the energy to last.
If you feel like you’re consistently lacking energy, consider seeking medical attention at Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.