You’ve got a lot of goals and a lot of plans for 2019, but do you have the energy to attain them? While mustering the motivation is one thing, it’s a different story if you’re battling fatigue.
Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy that doesn’t go away, even when you rest. After a full night’s sleep and a cup of coffee, are you still lagging through the day? If you take a time out to watch a movie, read a book in bed or put-off your errands, are you still exhausted? If so, fatigue might be weighing you down and preventing you from reaching your health goals.
Prevent and Manage Fatigue
Prolonged fatigue can not only take a mental toll on your health, but a physical one too. Try these tips to boost your energy levels, get moving and improve your quality of life:
First, See a Health Professional
If you’re truly not sure what’s causing your fatigue, raise the topic with your healthcare provider. He or she might ask you a series of questions or run a few tests to identify the problem.
Increase Physical Activity
You might be thinking, “I don’t even have enough energy to get started!” But in fact, consistent exercise is great for gaining more energy. An active lifestyle releases endorphins, aids with weight-loss, builds muscle and increases endurance. You’ll find yourself feeling stronger and healthier.
Be Cautious with Caffeine
Caffeinated drinks are notorious for temporarily spiking your energy before bringing it down to an all time low. While caffeine in moderation is okay, try to limit it to 1-2 cups per day. Instead, energize with water and reap many other health benefits too.
Learn How to Relax
Stress, worry and jam-packed schedules wreak havoc on the body and deplete energy levels. Bring balance into your life by learning mindfulness, stress management and techniques for alleviating anxiety. You’ll notice not only a mental impact, but a physical one too.
Eat Often and Well
Food gives you energy, and healthy food gives you energy that is life-sustaining. Don’t skip meals, eat when you’re truly hungry and aim for fresh, whole foods packed with top-notch nutrition.
You Have to Sleep
Don’t overlook this step. You have to sleep, and sleep well, to function at your absolute best. Don’t rely on coffee for a morning pick-me-up, but on a solid night of shut-eye instead.
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