So many people I meet complain about fatigue. They don’t have the energy to do anything. They’re always feeling tired, both physically and mentally.
Fatigue is the feeling of extreme tiredness or feebleness that can make it difficult for you to perform ordinary tasks. You are fatigued when you’re feeling worn out all the time. Fatigue affects everyone differently. You may feel very tired and all you want to do is sleep. Fatigue may also come along with pain and sometimes can make you feel that you have little control over your life.
A lady came into my gym last week. She is desperate to rediscover her energy, because at the moment she is feeling fatigued all the time and it’s affecting all areas of her life.
She struggles to get out of bed every morning. She groans at the sound of her alarm clock, and often ignores it or hits the snooze button a few times. Once she does get up, knowing she’s already running late for work she feels dead on her feet, as though she didn’t get a wink of sleep all night, although she did. She does an office job, basically sitting at a desk all day staring at a computer screen talking to people on the telephone. She relies on caffeine, sugary snacks and quick releasing carbohydrates to get her through the day. Her brain is always all over the place, her concentration useless, she’s always distracted; she’s too tired once she gets home to make dinner for her kids, let alone eat properly herself. She is running on empty.
Why is she so different to another lady I know. In this case her day begins at 6.00am, every morning she walks her two dogs. Gets her kids ready for school making them a healthy filling breakfast, then gets herself to work where she accomplishes so much working non stop through her day, only stopping for a 45 minute break, for her lunch and a brisk walk. She goes straight to the gym after work to do a class for an hour before going home and making dinner for her kids. Then after spending some time playing board games or cards with her family, she’ll do some cleaning, laundry and maybe some work she’s brought home. Before bed she does about 20 minutes yoga to rest her mind and body. Energy she’s got loads of it, with plenty in reserve.
Why the difference between the two ladies?
There are clear differences in lifestyle that make a huge difference when it comes to fatigue. A few big examples would be poor diet, lack of exercise, not enough sleep, too much stress, far too little time for relaxation.
If you are sick and tired of feeling fatigued, I put forward some important things you should be doing in a post called Are You Tired Of Feeling Worn Out and Tired. I offered 33 steps. They are:
- Eat a satisfying breakfast but a light lunch.
- Eat low glycemic foods.
- Eat more soluble fiber.
- Eat protein at every meal.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
- Limit sugar and caffeine intake.
- Take nutritional supplements.
- See your Doctor.
- Eat lots of Berries.
- Eat Yogurt.
- Take a Power Nap.
- Wake up at the same time every day.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Drink lots of water.
- Take Ginseng.
- Start exercising.
- Do Less.
- Take a mini-vacation.
- Look on the bright side.
- Get excited.
- Think about the up side, not the downside.
- Crush negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones.
- Do a Random Act of Kindness.
- Get your world organised.
- Schedule time for your leisure, so you have an emotional outlet.
- Stand up, stretch and take a couple of deep breaths.
- Go into the countryside.
- Say goodbye to worry.
- Choose inspiring people for friends.
- Work wisely.
- Don’t waste your energy.
- Dream big dreams.
- Live with purpose- follow your heart’s desires.
Try these energy -rechargers and re-energise your life! You really can bring a zest back to your life!
If none of these steps help you, see your doctor.