28 Dec 21 / Blog

Low mood and low energy over the holidays?

Feeling low mood and low energy over the holidays. Maybe you can’t put your finger on why you’re just not feeling it ….

Let me see if this resonates with you. The last few days I’ve started to feel low mood low energy 

I do however know what is triggering it. I know myself well enough to know what pulls my energy down and what lifts me up

These past few days my mood is depleted for 3 reasons

  1. I’ve consumed more calories in the last few days and not all super healthy( i know it’s Christmas so I’m not saying I shouldn’t have done this. Just bear with). It’s likely my blood sugar is fluctuating and nutritional imbalances with an overload of carbs are all out of line with what I normally eat. This equates to low mood low energy 
  2. I’ve consumed more alcohol in the last few days. Alcohol is a depressant that affects the brain’s natural level of happiness chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Initially, I will get a boost but the next day or two I will be deficient in these same chemicals, which can lead to feeling a bit down
  3. I’m not at work. I get energised by work, that feeling of achievement and getting stuff done. I bloody love a structure, a routine and without one I’m a bit thrown

Solutions

Don’t get me wrong I don’t plan on working all through the holidays or eating super healthy with no alcohol over the Christmas period. But awareness is key, awareness that I know why I’m feeling a bit pooped. I lean into it, it’s ok to feel low energy but I just need to acknowledge what I need to improve my mood. I’m planning my days off, what we’ll do with the kids etc. Grabbing a half-hour every day to do something for me like a little bath, some work, mediation, exercise etc. Doing nothing doesn’t work for me. My body and mind need to be doing stuff but I appreciate that’s what I need.

Know what triggers you and know what you need to combat it. Maybe all the above resonates or maybe you need to do your own detective work, going deep to figure out what you need to lift your mood 

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