You may feel tired and worn out these days. The holidays are over, the days are still short and cold. It's tempting to stay longer in bed in the mornings and to throw yourself on the couch, when you come home from work.
A few tips and tricks will help you overcome some of the worst winter fatigue and before you know it, you will be back on track. The tips I would like to share with you are not rocket science, but simple daily adjustments you can easily implement, if you are in need of an energy boost.
My favourite number one energy booster is to drink more water. Fatigue is very often the first signs of dehydration and many of us turn to coffee and soft drinks during the day to keep up our energy. If you tend to forget drinking water, find a reminder system that works for you.
One of my friends sets the alarm on her phone several times during the day to remind her to have a break from work and at the same time she drinks a glass of water or two, while she is at it.
Another thing that's worth considering is to get your iron levels checked, if you feel like you are dragging yourself around. Iron deficiency anemia is a very common cause of fatigue amongst women.
A part from an iron supplement prescribed by your doctor, you can access sources of iron easily through eating dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans and red meat for the non-vegetarian.
While you are at your doctors don't miss the chance to get your vitamin D levels checked too. Sources of vitamin D are the sunlight, salmon and tuna fish, cow milk and eggs.
If you live in a place with cold climate where the days are short during the Winter season, try to get outside for a least half an hour every day. The natural light helps improving your energy levels and it gets even better, if you manage to combine the time outdoors with a short walk or a bike ride. I know it's hard to find the time with busy schedules, but it makes such a difference and you deserve it!
In the days to come I will share further tips about chasing fatigue our of your life - see you soon!