We all get that sluggish feeling after the festive period; full of cheese, lacking motivation and enjoying those long lie-ins a little too much. Here are my seven ways to get going and stop feeling sluggish in the new year. Usually, for me, I just need that one zap of something in my mind to get in the swing of things. In recent years, a lot of people do Dry January to help them kickstart their health back to its previous state. The New Year means setting goals and targets for most to get back into routines.
PlanKnow what you’re doing and when. Whether this is diet and fitness related or just getting your social life under control. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you don’t know what you’re doing from each day to the next. I treat myself to a new diary every year to keep track and up to date. Bullet journals are great, they can just be a little time-consuming.
Don’t ProcrastinateOne of the things I’m so bad for is procrastinating. I always seem to dance around a task that I need to get done. Distractions on my phone are usually the culprit, mainly Instagram or Pinterest scrolling. I’ll often spend twenty minutes or so without even realising that I’m wasting time. Get your tasks for the day done and then you can spend as much time as you like doing whatever it is that distracts you the most.
Drink Plenty of WaterI know this must come across as something strange to a lot, after all, caffeine is a saviour for me most mornings when I get to work. Water is always the first thing I drink in the mornings before even leaving the house. Hydration is key when trying to get going and stop feeling sluggish. It also helps me to not crave or snack throughout the day. You don’t need some bullshit pill or tea, just drink some water as more often than not, that’s what your body wants, not a biscuit.
Make Fitness a PriorityOne of the best ways to stop feeling physically sluggish is to do some fitness. I’ll always have days when I feel lazy and I can’t be bothered to work out. If you just go to the gym or a class or get outside for a walk even, I can guarantee you will feel so much better. Make fitness a priority in your schedule and you won’t feel as lethargic.
Improve Your DietDo you ever have that horrible feeling the morning after a night out when you’ve overindulged on takeaway and alcohol? Or maybe after birthday week or a holiday? Get your food in order! You’re probably missing out on vital nutrients and vitamins. I’ll always try to do a few days of clean eating and I’ll soon feel so much better!
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough SleepSo many of us as adults spend our working lives going to bed late and getting up early. Catching up on sleep at the weekends really isn’t enough when you’re doing this five times out of 7! If you find it difficult to nod off straight away, change your bedtime routine slightly to see if this makes any difference.
Have Some ‘Me’ TimeIf you have a busy daily life, make sure you take the time to relax and recuperate. Put on a face and/or hair mask, get yourself a hot drink and just put a film or series on. Sometimes it’s hard to get going and stop feeling sluggish when your body just needs a rest. Take some me time and don’t push yourself too hard, too quickly.