Sports Woman's legs in running movementThe holiday season is right around the corner. For many, this time of year brings feelings of excitement mixed with stress. There’s so much to do and so little time. Places to travel. Parties to host. Shopping to do. Meals to prepare. It can be exhausting just thinking about it.

But you don’t have to float through this holiday season in a fog. Nor do you have to rely on coffee and energy drinks to make it through. Here are 4 tips you can use to make the most of your energy.

  1. Squeeze in a workout. One of the best ways to fight fatigue is to get moving. So even if you’re feeling tired and busy, make time for exercise. Take a short walk outside if the weather permits. Make a quick trip to the gym. Or march in place while you watch TV. It doesn’t have to be much—just 20 minutes can make a big impact. Can’t find 20 minutes? Even 10 minutes can do the trick.
  2. Take a nap. Naps have been shown to reduce sleepiness and make you feel more alert. But naps that are too long or take place too late in the day can keep you from sleeping well at night. So, if you want to nap, make sure to nap for no longer than 20–30 minutes. And make sure to nap no later than 3 p.m. This will give you all the benefits of a nap without affecting your nighttime sleep.
  3. Eat healthy meals and snacks. Food is fuel. And the right food can give you energy that lasts for a long time. Avoid foods that are high in sugar. Those will give you a quick jolt of energy, but it will wear off in a flash, leaving you even more tired. Instead, reach for protein, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. And try to eat something every 3 to 4 hours to help keep your energy levels up.
  4. Work smarter, not harder. When do you have the most energy? Knowing your energy highs and lows can help you plan your day in a way that makes the best use of your energy. Doing big or challenging tasks when your energy is high, and saving small or simple tasks for when you have lower energy, can make you more efficient. That means you can get more done in the time you have.

These tips can help you have enough energy to tackle all of your tasks. Just remember to pace yourself. And try not to pack too much in, or you may stretch yourself thin. Above all, the holidays should be a time to celebrate with friends and family. So make that your top priority!