If you feel tired all the time, take heart in knowing that you aren’t alone. Work and play are both high on the priority list for this generation, and, all too often, “slowing down” isn’t an option. The weekends are too short, and the weeks are packed with everything you could possibly squeeze into five days. It’s no wonder you’re exhausted.
So we’re here to help fight fatigue at the foundation with 6 tips for if you feel tired all the time.
1. Take a 10 minute walk. A little exercise actually goes a long way when you’re feeling exhausted. Taking a 10 minute walk has all the benefits of a cup of coffee or candy bar on fatigue, but without the crash. According to Dr. Holly Phillips, author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough, the walk gets the blood flowing, opens the ribcage so you’re breathing deeply and increases your pulse. All beneficial to breaking the slump.
2. Set an alarm and do a body inventory. Once every hour do a body inventory. Are you slouching? Grinding your teeth? Squinting? Barely breathing? These are all factors that play into you feeling tired all the time, so take two minutes every hour to correct your posture, relax your jaw and take a few deep breaths.
3. Drink a glass of water. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of fatigue. Even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy level and ability to think clearly, says a study by the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Lab. The trick is to drink water consistently throughout the day, not just when you feel thirsty, and to throw out the myth that you need 8 glass. Chances are, you need more than that.
4. Chew some peppermint gum. In a study on the effect of essential oils (like peppermint) on mental exhaustion, those who experienced the aromatherapy experienced a much greater reduction than those who didn’t. Next time you’re feeling tired, chew on some peppermint gum to get a similar effect of awakeness and focus.
5. Talk to your doctor. Low levels of B12 or Iron in the blood can result in constantly feeling fatigued. Talk to your doctor and see if that is the culprit and if supplements can be taken to help raise and even out the levels in the blood.
6. Get a massage. Massage has been used by many for its therapeutic qualities, and treating fatigue is not different. Massage minimizes the effects of anxiety and restlessness while increasing circulation and the recipient’s overall wellbeing. Drifting off is easier when both the mind and the body are relaxed.
Those should brighten up the afternoon blues, and help wake you up so you can conquer the rest of your workload.
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