The holidays have come and gone. Are you left feeling worn out and exhausted from all the festivities? Luckily, we’re past the holiday hoopla for the most part, and we can start focusing on the New Year and specific things we can do to really make this upcoming year different than the last, but what happens when the fatigue sets in and it’s hard to focus on our resolutions?

Fatigue, the extreme feeling of exhaustion and lack of energy, can show up really at any time of day – morning, noon, or night – and it can really interfere. Here are 5 things you can do to get your energy up:

01 Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can leave you feeling lethargic and sleepy, try aiming for 8 glasses of water per day, and avoid too many dehydrating drinks like coffee and tea. For more tips on staying hydrated, click here.

02 Make Moves

When you’re worn out, exercising and staying active are probably the last things on your list of priorities. But, did you know that exercise has shown to increase energy levels and your mood? Walking, when you feel energized enough, is a good place to start. If you’re not feeling up for it, there are things you can do while sitting that will still enable you to move a bit, like utilizing your Pack Health stretch band or stress ball, or testing out a few chair exercises.

03 Eat Well

The food we feed our bodies affects how we feel. A good rule of thumb is to stick to the healthy plate diagram as a guideline. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in several types of fish and nuts, are also known to boost energy levels.

04 Get Plenty of Sleep

If you’re not getting enough quality sleep throughout the night, your energy levels during the day will be directly affected. Aim for 8-9 hours of sleep per night if possible. In addition, try going to sleep around the same time each night. This will help train your body to get better, more regulated sleep. If you need a few more pointers for getting decent sleep, click here.

05 Stay Positive

It can be tough to stay positive when you’re exhausted, and maybe dealing with symptoms of pain, but try and recognize your tiny victories, and focus on the prize. You can do this!

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