Tuesday 29 December 2020

Regaining Your Energy: 8 Natural Ways to Fight Fatigue

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Sometimes, we just feel tired, exhausted, and unmotivated. This is normal and can happen because we have not slept well or we have gone through a particularly tough week. However, if you start feeling tired more often and throughout the day, it is crucial to understand the reasons behind this issue.

Indeed, as you start feeling tired and unmotivated, it is challenging to look after our body and mind's health, keep stress levels low, and keep up with the many daily tasks and responsibilities. However, it is crucial to understand what is the root cause of your tiredness. With the tips below, you can start working towards regaining your energy and living your life at your best.
Exercise and Move Your Body (Daily!)

When it comes down to exercising, it can be difficult to keep the motivation levels high. Indeed, it is common to get into training and exercise in spring or at the end of winter, to prepare us for the bikini season. However, during the winter months, when the days are short and temperatures low, motivation levels can dip.

However, exercise and training are important aspects of our lives, and not just to ensure that we keep fit. Indeed, when you are moving your body, it releases endorphins, the chemical responsible for a feeling of happiness, energy, and good mood. So, even if you really can't be bothered, you should get on your feet and get moving!

However, you don't necessarily need to run a marathon or lift heavy weights to experience the feeling of being energized and free of fatigue. Indeed, you might just decide to practice low-impact activities such as yoga, pilates, or just walking!


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Bring Mindfulness and Meditation into Your Life

If you feel tired all day, the temptation of just taking a break and having a nap during your lunch break can be high. However, how many times have you woken up from a nap feeling even more tired than before? Your body might have entered a sleep cycle and not been able to rest as you wanted to.

But, if you are looking for a solution to beat the mid-afternoon sleeping and carry on through your day at your best, you should consider meditating. Even short sessions of 15 minutes each allow your mind to clear and your body to be regenerated by long deep breaths. Through meditation, you can increase self-awareness and start working towards keeping stress and anxiety at bay.

Both sleep and meditation tap into the unconscious mind and allow you to regain energy and get rid of your feeling of tiredness. However, meditation is a way of keeping yourself awake throughout the process. Therefore, if you are looking for a new alternative to napping, consider meditation!
Fight Stress and Anxiety

When it comes down to reducing tiredness, it is also important to eliminate those factors that might contribute to your fatigue. Among the most common reasons people feel tired and lack motivation is connected to high levels of stress. When we are particularly stressed or anxious, our brains work more and cause us to spend precious energy in elaborating daily events and information.

Something as simple as working towards reducing stress and stressors in your life can help you feel more rested, relaxed, and ready to face the day.

Some tips to reduce stress levels include:

  • Take a walk in natural environments
  • Spend time with others
  • Meditate and practise mindful exercise
  • Take time for yourself
  • Spend some more time reading or listening to music
  • Eat All the Right Foods

When it comes down to regaining your energy, why not go straight to the source? The food we eat represents the energy your bodies run on. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that all the ingredients and foods you pick are the right ones to contribute towards a healthy lifestyle.

Some foods are particularly helpful to increase your energy level and improve your level of focus and concentration. For example, you might want to introduce the following ingredients in your diet and increase your energy:

  • Nuts
  • Bananas
  • Brown rice
  • Apples
  • Coffee
  • Goji berries
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Hummus


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Stay Hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day can help you reduce the feeling of fatigue. Especially after you have been exercising, you should consider drinking enough water to replenish your energy and minerals.

You might not be drinking enough water because the tap water in your area is not so good. In that case, invest in a water filter and infuse the water with naturally refreshing ingredients such as cucumber, lemon, mint, or strawberry. Enough flavoured water will do the trick and give you the idea of drinking a delicious cocktail!
Check for Underlying Health Conditions

Sometimes, some severe underlying health conditions can disguise themselves as tiredness and fatigue. Generally, if you feel tired once or twice a month or occasionally, there is not much to worry about. A meditation session, some water, and the right nutritious foods can help you get back on your feet in no time.

However, if your body or mind feel somehow unusual or your tiredness is coupled with other symptoms, you should consider consulting a doctor. Indeed, some conditions might be influencing your stress levels, sleep, or immune system, causing you to feel tired, fatigued, or overwhelmed on a regular basis.

Some conditions you might be dealing with include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Certain food allergies
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes

These can appear in a range of severity, and they are not always so easy to identify. Therefore, speaking to a doctor before creating a strategy to regain your energy level back can help you ensure that you are taking all the right steps and precautions.

Sometimes, you might be feeling tired because of minor issues, such as headaches or joint pain. These might be the consequences of high levels of stress or injuries. Of course, it is crucial to work towards understanding the underlying cause of these issues and resolve them quickly. However, if you are at work or going through a busy day and you need a quick solution, the right ibuprofen dosage can help you get rid of the pain and help you get back on your feet.

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Cut Down on Caffeine

When we feel tired, our go-to solution is a fresh cup of coffee. Undeniably, caffeine can help you feel energized and ready to start the day. However, this substance comes with some downsides that are worth considering if you are trying to get rid of your feeling of tiredness.

Indeed, caffeine produces a "high", causing your mind and body to feel energized and motivated for a brief period. However, because of this substance's nature, it is possible to feel low on energy and sleepy just a few minutes after the "high".

Because of this cycle that is created, many coffee drinkers have more than one cup of coffee a day in the hope of fighting tiredness. However, if the cycle continues until the evening, you can start feeling jittery and unable to relax your mind.

At the same time, downtime is crucial for your mind and body to rest. And, of course, caffeine can interfere with your sleep quality. Therefore, it is crucial to understand whether you are unable to rest and regain your energy because of caffeine before trying to find alternative solutions.
Work Towards Better Sleep Quality

Sleep is extremely crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing. While we are asleep, our body has the chance to rest, regenerate damaged cells, and refresh the muscles. A loss of sleep, sleep conditions, or poor sleep quality, can prevent all this from happening, leaving your tired, overwhelmed and disoriented in the morning. To prevent these feelings from interfering with your daily life and motivation, it is crucial to start working towards a better night's sleep. Find some extra tips here and enjoy a better night's sleep tonight!

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