HOW TO SURVIVE THE SILLY SEASON

Try these five strategies to sail through the festive period with more energy …

STAY HYDRATED

Drinking enough water can make a big difference in how you feel. Aim for about eight glasses a day.

SNACK SMART

It’s easy to reach for leftover chocolate, but it’ll leave you with a sugar crash. Go for nuts, high-fiber muesli bars, veggie sticks, yogurt and cheese on wholegrain crackers.

DRINK SENSIBLY

Alcohol has a depressant e act on the brain — so if you’re prone to the blues, Christmas (with its stressors) isn’t the time to attempt to self-medicate with booze.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Poor-quality sleep is one of the main reasons people feel low in energy. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and screens before you hit the sack, and allow time to relax and unwind.

PRIORITISE EXERCISE

Research shows exercise can improve mood and relieve stress. Do it in the morning, before you can make excuses.

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