The Christmas festivities are winding down and New Year is just around the corner, so you may be thinking about getting back into your usual sleep routine – however, as much as you may have tried to stick to your normal routine, it is more than likely that your sleep has suffered just a little bit thanks to all of the busy days and late nights.
We understand that your sleep is important and regularly getting a good night’s sleep is key to functioning your best – particularly as January is the time when you are most likely to start making new goals for the year – but ultimately, you’ll want to give yourself the best chance, and your sleep is the best place to start. Research also shows that feeling sluggish and fatigued after all of the celebrations is not uncommon in adults during the end of the year, and this has been labelled ‘social jet lag’ or ‘end-of-year fatigue’ – but what brings these feelings on?
Social jet lag or end-of-year fatigue can be caused by a combination of things, the most common being the hustle and bustle of December – with both holiday and end-of-work stresses, there’s no denying that this month can affect all of us in some way.
We have done some research and believe that there are a few things that you can to do to relieve end-of-year fatigue. Moreover, our recent blog on how to have a stress-free Christmas also details some great tips that you may be able to apply this time of year.
You’ve probably spent the majority of this month shopping for gifts online, phoning loved ones and scrambling to finish those last-minute jobs at work before 2018 arrives, all of which involves endless amounts of time spent in front of screens. There has never been a better time to take a break from technology and see the new year in with a clean slate…and most importantly, stress-free! That’s not to say loved ones aren’t to be contacted this time of year, but try not to let yourself get distracted by apps and social networking afterwards. Studies show that prolonged periods of time spent staring at screens can cause short-term issues for your wellbeing such as headaches and eye strain, not to mention playing havoc with your sleep.
Drink plenty of water
Our bodies need sufficient amounts of water in order to function at their best, and we are advised to drink anything between six and eight glasses of water a day. Water comes with lots of health benefits besides keeping us dehydrated: it can work wonders for our hair, skin and nails, as well as prevent headaches. It has also been proven to reduce stress – our bodies contain a stress hormone called cortisol that is suppressed when we keep ourselves topped up with H2O.
Do something that makes you happy
This might sound unachievable when you have what seems to be a never-ending to-do list, but taking time out after all of the festivities to do something that you really enjoy and that also happens to be relaxing will help. Hosting a fun-filled Christmas can be exhausting on many levels so making sure that you take the time to truly unwind can help with feeling fatigued.
Try exercising regularly
We are aware that exercising is good for our health, but it can also be very beneficial to our wellbeing. We often believe that exercising will leave us feeling worn out and worse off, but a small amount of exercise can boost energy levels and leave us feeling far more alert. If this is something that you can do during daylight hours, even better!
It’s important to remember that if you ever feel like you are being overworked and you can’t cope then seek help from your doctor, and they will be able to advise the best course of action for you.