Feeling tired all the time no matter how much sleep you get? Lacking motivation and energy? You may be experiencing fatigue. Fatigue goes much further than just feeling a bit tired because you stayed up a bit late the night before watching cat videos. Fatigue is a struggle and can impact your daily life.
This article will cover what fatigue is and how you can help fight it off to live a happier, more energetic life. It’s important to know when you’re normal ‘I’m a bit tired’ goes into a more fatigue state and how to spot the symptoms and seek some assistance!
According to the NHS, symptoms of fatigue must mean you cannot carry out activities you used to do and can include the following:
- Problems sleeping
- Muscle or joint pain
- Sore throat or sore glands that are not swollen
- Problems thinking, remembering or concentrating
- Feeling dizzy or sick
- Flu-like feelings
- Fast or irregular heartbeat/palpitations
- Exercise/concentrating can make symptoms worse
If you have any of the above symptoms and you are finding that your tiredness is impacting your daily life, it’s always wise to see your doctor. They can help to confirm whether you’re suffering from fatigue, or if you have any other underlying conditions which need treating.
Your treatment should be specific to you and your individual needs. Exercising regularly can help to boost your energy levels and also help you sleep better at night. It can seem a big ask when you’re tired to get out there and run a marathon. This is why you’d want to start small and work from there. Go for a stroll, get some fresh air and see how that feels. Slowly keep increasing your exercise as you regain energy.
Increasing your exercise will have a knock on effect to also help you lose weight. Weight loss can help increase your energy as you’ll then effectively be needing to carry less weight around with you wherever you go. We don’t often think about the impact having a few extra pounds on us actually can have. Imagine having to carry a kilo bag of rice with you everywhere you go. Takes more energy doesn’t it? Not to mention the wear on your joints and muscles. Alas! Perhaps that subject can be delved into a bit deeper on another day!
When your body is tired.. it’s telling you it wants sleep! Again, exercising regularly can help you have a better more quality night of sleep. Get into the habit of going to bed and getting up the same times each day. This will help your body have a rhythm of when it is time to catch those all important Z’s. You'll be dancing your day away in no time!
Think about your day, are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Try to spend some time each day doing something you enjoy that helps you relax. That could be listening to your favourite music, talking to someone special, or catching up on a good book. Take some time for you, you’ll thank yourself for it!
What are you drinking? Do you have a lot of caffeine to keep you going? As hard as it may seem, try to reduce this. Again, this will help you get a good quality sleep at night because you won’t have the caffeine wiring your body to stay awake. Keep in mind, it can take several hours for caffeine to work its way out of your system. So definitely set yourself a reasonable time to make the switch to decaf. Ideally, early afternoon at the latest.
Do you have alcohol of an evening? We may have a glass of wine or two to help us unwind after a long day, but is this really helping? We may fall asleep more quickly after a few tipples, but we actually don’t have such a good quality sleep after drinking alcohol. This can leave us more tired when we get up in the morning. Everything in moderation, try a few nights a week without the wine, and again just see how you feel! It’s better on our pockets, and hopefully on our sleep!
We are great advocates for good ol’ H2O. If you’re tired, it could simply be that your body needs a top up of water! Dehydration can leave us feeling lousy and tired and many things can dehydrate us through the day. If you’re not quite feeling at your best, give a glass of water a go!
That’s all for now. Hopefully you’ve found a few handy tips and tricks in this article to help you feel your very best!