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Sun 7 Jan 2018

5 Tips For Overcoming Big Event Fatigue


Health & Wellbeing
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December and January are typically big event months – there’s Christmas parties and end of year events,  Christmas  Day and New Years Eve and probably some work and school deadlines to meet.  It’s a busy time for many.

I’ve been hosting a number of events over and above the usual work, study, parenting, renovation craziness and felt really flat the next day or two.

Here are my top 5 tips for over coming big event fatigue:

1) It starts by not having a heavy day of anything planned for the day after.  Then . . .

2) Eat well the day before and the day of your big event – if you are running on empty and excitement you will be running on empty and excitement – when you really need food!

3)  Eat well the day after your big event – by this I mean quality muesli with yoghurt and fruit, eggs and bacon, sour dough or multi grain bread.  Avoid sugary treats.  In short start the day eating like royalty with high quality, nutrient dense food. I found following my power breakfast of a smoked salmon omelette I was feeling better but still needed a pick me up.

My go to is called an ‘Adrenal Cocktail’ – here’s the recipe:

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 carrot, ½ celery stick
  • ¼-1/2 cream of tartare
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • Blitz in your blender, and drink over ice

Drink in the morning if energy is low, mid afternoon if energy dips, or before bed if insomnia is likely

4)  Hydrate well – before and after the event but more so if there was alcohol consumed – alcohol is a diuretic and will make you pass more urine and this is what leaves you dehydrated

5)  Start Slow – if there was ever an argument for a slow and easy start to the day don’t push yourself the day after your big event.  Languish over your breakfast, read the paper, chill a bit.

If you can, dedicate the remainder of the day to taking it easy.  That might be a bit of a big ask given this busy time of year but if you are feeling flat your body is telling you to slow down, not push through.  Given your body is the only place you have to live it’s best to listen to its clear message to hold back a bit.  The following day after batteries will be recharged and you’ll be up for getting through your to do list with enthusiasm and vigour!

Jo Cordell-Cooper is a twice award winning owner of Active Solutions and Health Network – a holistic Personal Training business that focuses on people whose needs aren’t met by the mainstream gym approach.  You can contact Jo by calling her on 0409 862 206.


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