Lately I’ve just been plain tired. It takes everything I’ve got to get my normal job and home responsibilities done. And it frustrates me, because I want to do more. I have a list in my head of things I want and need to do, but it seems like none of it ever gets done because I’m just to tired.
The reason for my fatigue is probably three-fold:
1) I still have this cold. It’s one of those that just doesn’t want to go away.
2) We are in the middle of a heat wave in NC right now. It at least feels to be 100 degrees (and is sometimes actually that hot) pretty much every hour of the day.
3) I’m busy. Because life is busy.
These three things combined make it difficult for me to combat the fatigue, but there are ways to help ease the tired feeling and get a little pep back in your step:
1) Eat healthfully. If you are like me, whenever you are tired you reach for the sugar and caffeine. That’s natural – your body wants a quick boost of energy and these things provide that. However, these things also wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels, causing them to spike way high and then crash way down. This makes you feel even more tired. So the best way to fight fatigue is to skip the sugar rush and eat healthfully. Your energy level will increase with stable blood sugar levels.
2) Hydration. Water gives you energy. If you are dehydrated, you may drag through your day. So be sure to get plenty of water in to keep you going.
3) Exercise. This may seem counterintuitive when you are tired, but exercising at a moderate level does give you more energy. So don’t hit the snooze button in the morning! Get up and get moving – you will definitely have more energy throughout the day!
4) Getting enough sleep. We are a nation of under-sleepers. It is almost a bragging right when you stay up late and get up early. But really, we need sleep! Every body functions best on different amounts of sleep, but the average is 7 hours for adults. Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet and remove any distractions like tablets and laptops.
Do these 4 things, and your fatigue will ease.
And if you have a cold, like me, keep up with these 4 things and your cold will eventually go away and your energy will be back to normal!