In most cases, fatigue arises from your lifestyle habits and routines. So, a great first step in addressing your fatigue is taking an inventory of your daily activities. The list below can help you get started—ask yourself where you stack up, and be honest with yourself!
Fatigue can often be the result of:
Excessive drinking or drug use. Experts recommend that women have no more than one drink a day and men no more than two. Alcohol can have a depressive effect, so anything more than this could easily zap your energy.
Too little exercise. Although one may think that being inactive can leave you feeling refreshed, the opposite is true. A sedentary lifestyle can leave you feeling sluggish and morose. Physical activity kick starts circulation and feel-good hormones in your body, helping you to feel alert and energized. Aim to get 30 minutes of moderate activity a day like brisk walking.
Lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep. Experts recommend that adults get around 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Make sleep a priority—your health truly depends on it.
Poor nutrition. Your body needs essential nutrients to function properly. If you’re not fueling your body with the nutrition it needs, you will feel sluggish. Aim to eat fruits and veggies every day—they’re loaded with the vitamins, minerals and fiber your body needs to stay healthy and energized.
Unmanaged stress. Chronic stress can leave you chronically fatigued. Make sure you’re following the tips above as they will help you manage the burden of stress on your body. Also make sure you’re making time for things you enjoy, as that’s a key strategy for managing stress.