Not only is this time of year a beacon of next level goal setting (Get your dream career! Save $30K!), it can also be exhausting. All that gung-ho list-making and the pressure to overhaul your entire life might be to blame. “A very busy, high-stress lifestyle depletes nutrients in your body,” says sports dietitian and nutritionist Claudia Cramer. “You lose your natural energy, and rely on stimulants like sugar and caffeine, which run you down and leave you fatigued.” Oh. For long-lasting 2020 energy, follow this five-step plan instead. Ready?
Relearn How to Rest
There’s a fine line between having that get-shit-done energy and burnout. To strike a balance, incorporate ‘active resting’. “Think of it as taking your foot off the gas pedal, to signal to your body that you are safe and out of fight-or-flight mode,” says Laura Piccardi, a stress management expert and founder of coaching company Uppy.
DO IT TODAY: Piccardi recommends doing things that make you feel “happy, calm, light you up or make you giggle”, four times a day. “When you wake up, at lunchtime, before leaving work, and at bedtime, do something simple: water your plants, watch a funny puppy video on YouTube or chat with your barista. Do it consistently and your brain will then associate that with switching off and resting.”
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