If the holidays bring you anxiety, or you wish you had more energy as the days get shorter, we could all use a boost in energy and reduction of stress this time of year. Brendan Brazier shares six lessons (and many more tips) on stress and energy to have you feeling better year-long. To get you started, here are three of his top tips:
1. Swap out coffee
Instead of quitting caffeine cold-turkey, try swapping your coffee for one of these stimulants that are gentler to your adrenal glands. Try black, green or yerba maté tea if you’re used to a morning cup o’ Joe. Another alternative is ginseng tea. Although it contains no caffeine, ginseng is an adaptogen, and tea made from ginseng can help to improve energy levels by reducing fatigue, resulting in greater mental and physical energy.
2. Choose low-glycemic foods
Glycemic Index (GI) is a measurement of how fast the carbohydrates in food are broken down, and affect blood sugar levels. Foods are scaled from 0 to 100, 0 being low-glycemic and 100 very high-glycemic. White bread and foods with added sugars have a high-glycemic index, while legumes, beans, and kale are low-glycemic. Look for foods with high fiber and protein content to be low-glycemic. For example Vega One® has a glycemic index of 19.2, making it a low-glycemic food.
3. Play more
The best stress management technique getting out to play, or as adults call it—working out. Physical activity can be a healthy way to manage stress as long as it’s a fun activity you love and look forward to! You don’t have to be a competitive runner to manage your stress. Trying yoga, dance, tai chi, strength training or a group workout class that you like can be an effective way for you to manage your stress. During the holidays round up the kids (or adults) and arrange an active game to relieve stress while bonding.