In this month’s Cloud Nine, we will be talking about Ways to Combat Fatigue.
Everyone feels sluggish from time to time and it’s usually easy to fix on your own. Obviously good sleep habits are key but here are a few other things that could help relieve your fatigue and get you back to feeling yourself again.
1. Keep Hydrated
I know I’ve said this before and let’s face it I’ll probably say it again but drinking enough water to stay well hydrated is the single most important thing you can do for your overall health. If your energy level is low it’s very possible you are getting enough water throughout your day. Exactly how much water you need to drink a day depends on many different factors, including (but not limited to) your diet, how much and how hard you exercise, as well as your environment and general health. The best way to tell if you are properly hydrated is (and I know this is a bit gross but…) the color and frequency of your urine. If you pee regularly and it’s relatively clear you are getting enough fluids.
It probably sounds crazy…you’re run down…you don’t have the energy to do anything let alone exercise, but it’s true. Sometimes you just need to push yourself just that little bit to get up and get your blood pumping. Getting your circulation going gets the oxygen and nutrients your body needs to function where they need to go which in turn gives you a nice little energy boost. If you’re at work and feeling that afternoon slow down try The Anti-Chair Challenge we did awhile back. It’s perfect for a quick stretch.
3. Ease Off the Stimulants
This one can be hard. All too often we start to rely on the sudden burst of energy we get from a nice cup of coffee, can of soda or even an energy drink but in the long term the sugar and caffeine these beverages contain could actually be making your fatigue worse. After the initial rush your body receives from these stimulants, it crashes and typically it crashes hard. Coming down from a caffeine buzz or sugar rush often leaves you feeling worse than you would have if you’d have just had nothing at all.
There are certain vitamins that are absorbed by the body better when the skin is exposed to direct sunlight. Your body needs all the nutrients it can get to function at it’s best and getting out to get a little sun also gets you some fresh air. Just be sure not to overexpose yourself and take the proper precautions to avoid sunburn.
Eating several smaller meals and snacks spaced out through the day is better than having 2 or 3 large meals. Larger meals make the body work harder to digest the food which can cause you to feel tired. Limiting these smaller meals and snacks to around 300 calories at a time and spacing them a few hours apart not only helps prevent this but also helps keep your blood sugar level steady and can prevent low energy.
If all else fails and you still feel tired or run down on a regular basis see your doctor. Chronic fatigue or fatigue paired with various other symptoms can be a sign of a larger problem.
What Do YOU Do When You’re Feeling Run Down?
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