It’s normal to feel a little worn down once in a while; we lead busy lives with so many responsibilities it’s only natural to get tired. There are ways to avoid the fatigue before it becomes a problem; here are a few things that you may be able to adjust in your life so that you feel less tired.
- Sleep: People underestimate the value of a couple of good nights of sleep strung together. Not only does it balance your hormones, but it keeps your mind alert so you can be more productive in your day. When was the last time you got a solid 8 hours of sleep? Make that a goal to achieve for yourself sometime this week.
- Dehydration: Dehydration causes your body to conserve energy by decreasing blood circulation. This deprives your muscles of oxygenated blood and causes you to become fatigued. It’s a simple concept, but it’s easy to forget when you’re slumped over your desk at 3pm. Make it a habit to get up every couple of hours and drink a glass of water. Side benefits: your skin will glow and you may drop a pound or two since hydrating also has a detoxing benefit.
- Overstimulation: Everybody is wired to the hilt these days. Google has made it possible to search for anything at anytime; social media can be updated on a whim and we’re all curious about what everyone is up to. But when we don’t take a moment to unplug, it can wear us down mentally and emotionally. Here’s a challenge: When the weekend rolls around, disconnect from the computer; give yourself 30 minutes each day to answer any pressing issues. This gives you a chance to decompress from all of the stimulation so you are fresh when the work week starts.
- Responsibilities: We all fulfill multiple roles each day (some more than others) so it can be taxing on the mind and body when trying to keep up with the needs that come with them. Saying ‘no’ more often and taking 5 minute breaks throughout the day to center yourself can help avoid burnout and frustration. Challenge: every 2 hours, close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths. This will not only calm you, but also give you a moment to relax and re-focus on what is important.
- Physical Issues: Fatigue can be a physical problem that you can easily overlook. If you have chronic fatigue, consult your doctor for a full physical. It could be an auto-immune issue (like thyroid problems or epstein barr) or it could be something as simple as low iron. The only way you can tell is through blood work and guidance from a licensed professional.
These are a few things to examine when you’re feeling tired and run-down. The most important thing to remember is be kind to yourself–simple, consistent changes can have you feeling back to yourself in no time!