Coping with Fatigue

As time goes by, our bodies can encounter some pretty annoying issues. Fatigue is a problem that can affect anyone, and it’s also a rather confusing condition. Many people mistake symptoms for other issues with those of fatigue so the lines can get rather blurry.

Since the age of 16 I’ve had to deal with fatigue. It doesn’t stay for long, but it can be debilitating to a point where it really affects my social life. Luckily, I’ve found some of the causes of my fatigue, and I can tackle them head-on whenever I can. For example, if I’m not sleeping very well, I’ll take one day and go to bed around 8pm. It can really help with getting my body back on track.

Most people that suffer from fatigue will notice that their body feels slow, sluggish and difficult to move around. They might attribute it to a bad night of sleep or maybe blame their desk job. Whatever the case may be, it can really help if you find out what causes your fatigue. Once you’ve done so, you can take steps in order to resolve it.

The following can really impact and heighten your fatigue, which is why it’s important to tackle them as soon as possible.

JOINT PAINS

If you feel slow and sluggish, then it could be a physical issue. Wearing the right running shoes can help with a calf strain and shin splints (something I only found out recently…)

If you work in an office, or you sit down for the majority of the day, it can result in some of your muscles becoming too slack, which makes them easier to tear. I see a Personal Trainer every week and I’ve still managed to slip a disc this week! If you think that your joints or muscles are a bit stiff due to your lifestyle, then you may want to consider visiting a local chiropractor to help loosen up your body. If you have never been to a chiropractor before, I highly recommend it. I saw one a few years ago and you’ll walk out feeling taller and more relaxed.

NOT ENOUGH SLEEP

Just because you’re waking up at the same time every morning, it doesn’t mean your body is getting enough sleep. The average amount of sleep we need is 8 hours a night. Make sure you try and sleep a little more each night so that your body has time to recharge. And, if you’re not sleeping well, then it’s probably one of the main causes for why you feel slow and sluggish.

It’s important to remember that many things you do in life can cause stress. Whether it’s physical stress due to exercise, or mental stress due to your work. It puts a toll on our bodies and the only way to clear it up is to sleep. Personally, I sleep for 9 hours because I love getting a full night. I find if I’m getting any less than that, I become tired quickly and need to nap throughout the day.

LACK OF EXERCISE

Exercise will help you keep fit, work your joints and burn calories. A bit of exercise should ideally be done every morning to warm up your body and stretch your muscles. This is especially important if you sit down for long periods of time. It’s a grim thought, but if we don’t push ourselves to be active, we’re prone to getting heart disease.

I try and exercise every day, even if it’s just a brisk walk. It doesn’t have to be 100% sweat inducing gym sessions, but a 20-minute walk a day can clear your head and get your heart pumping, which is ideal.

Fatigue can be managed, you just need to look out for the warning signs and causes. If you’re still struggling with fatigue, your doctor will be able to help you! Do you suffer from fatigue? How do you combat the symptoms?

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