How To Combat Fatigue
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Not everyone feels like the energizer bunny every minute of the day. In fact, many people actually wake up still feeling tired and lethargic as if they did not sleep a wink the night before.
This is called fatigue and it can be caused by mental or physical exhaustion. Your body and mind might be overworked or overwhelmed, causing you to just feel completely exhausted and run down.
When fatigue starts interfering with your daily life, there are a few things that you can do to counteract that tired feeling.
1. Give yourself “warm up” time in the morning. Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you would normally wake up. Give yourself this extra 15 minutes to fully wake up and start getting ready for the day at a normal pace. This way, you won’t have to feel rushed or tired.
2. Eat breakfast. Your body works as a machine and it needs to stay properly fueld. Skipping a meal – which breakfast is the most important meal of the day – can often make you feel tired and sluggish. Eating a cereal that is a complex carb can help you get your day started. Also make sure that you are getting enough protein in the mornings such as egg whites. Keep in mind to avoid eating a large breakfast with simple carbs and refined sugar. All that this will do is give you a major sugar crash later.
3. Consider changing your lifestyle. If you have ruled out any serious health issues that may be the cause of your fatigue, you might need to consider a lifestyle change. If you feel that you are overworked, see about cutting your hours a bit (if possible) or try and get some help with the kids and the housework.
4. Do something you love. Do a hobby that you love and that fully engages your attention. Read a book, take a hike, do some knitting – anything and everything that you love doing.
5. Work out. Working out actually increases your energy levels. Taking a brisk walk three to five times a week for about 30 minutes at a time will not only increase your energy, but you may even lose weight!
6. Take a vitamin or supplement. You might find that your body is low on a certain nutrient or vitamin that it requires to keep going every day. If this is the case, try taking a multivitamin to help increase your energy levels.
7. Stop smoking! There are plenty of good reasons why you should stop smoking. “Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen available in your body. The result is fatigue” (The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies, 2009). When you first decide to quit, do not expect an immediate boost of energy. You will go through a withdrawal period while the nicotine is removed from your body.
8. Learn to say “no.” Being overworked and overwhelmed is one of the main causes of fatigue. If you feel that this is the cause of your fatigue, learn to say “no” if you already have too many obligations and someone is wanting you to take on more. Running yourself down because you do not know how to say “no” is simply not worth the health risks.
Nearly everyone at some point in their life will experience fatigue, whether it is from being overwhelmed and stressed, or even overworked. Fatigue is not pleasant to deal with and if it is not taken care of sooner than later, you might end up dealing with the nasty consequences that can come along with fatigue.
Source: The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. (2009). New York, NY: Rodale.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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