How to Spot Fatigue and Restore Energy Naturally
By Sandy Schroeder
Fatigue is hard to ignore. We all know that sinking feeling when we simply have to sit down before we fall down. We may have worked too many hours, or pushed too hard for several days, and now we are completely exhausted.
Fatigue is not a disease. It affects people differently and originates from many different sources. If your fatigue started with several long nights or a stressful emergency, you probably will feel better after a good night’s rest. Other sources of fatigue can be more tenacious and exhausting. If your fatigue continues, consider seeing your doctor to discuss the issue.
HarvardHealth suggests several ways to restore energy naturally.
Face Up to Overloads
Too much work at home or on the job can simply wipe you out. Take a long look at your work schedule and commitments at home to see what should be postponed, trimmed or delegated. Start with priorities and get extra help if needed.
Get a Grip on Stress
An enormous amount of energy is consumed when we are stressed. Find ways to let it go. Talk with a trusted friend. Join a support group or see a counselor. At the same time try mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi or deep breathing exercises.
One of the first signs of fatigue is dehydration. Carry water and keep a canister on your desk. The body runs on water and we all need sufficient water to maintain energy and internal systems.
We all know smoking is lethal, but we should also realize smoking steals energy by causing insomnia. The nicotine speeds up the heart rate, spikes blood pressure and stimulates the brain to make it hard to wind down and go to sleep.
Integrate exercise into your daily schedule, using walks, runs, daily jogs or workouts to tone your body, elevate your mood and boost your energy. When you exercise you sleep better. If you sit all day, take a break every hour.
Use Caffeine Carefully
That morning cup of coffee does get the brain moving, but too many cups after lunch can keep you awake at night. Caffeine can stay in the system as long as 12 hours.
Watch the Wine
A glass of wine with dinner can help you relax, but too many glasses can create health risks, and create restless sleep.
Understand the Eating Game
Several small meals or snacks can maintain energy better than three large meals. Choosing healthy foods like whole grains, high-fiber veggies, nuts, lean protein and healthy oils, such as olive oil, will keep you energized.
If these natural tricks keep you energized, keep right on going. If you are still tired, you may want to see your doctor for a checkup.
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