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Everyone feels tired now and then, but ongoing fatigue can keep you from performing well at your job, getting things done around the house or doing the things you love. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to fight off fatigue and energize your life. We’ve put together a list of some of the easiest energizers you can try.
It may seem counterintuitive but exercising can actually give you more energy. Try to make a little time in your day to get moving. Even if you don’t want a full gym workout, try to go for a walk around your neighborhood or park, or perhaps follow along with a favorite workout DVD. In the short term, exercise releases endorphins which will help you feel more revitalized and refreshed. However, thinking long-term, you'll build a stronger heart which can be one of the best ways to fight fatigue and improve your overall sense of wellbeing.
Are you getting enough water? Add an extra glass or two of fresh, clean water to your day and see if your energy level improves. Your body is made up of approximately 60% water, so if you're not getting enough, the mild dehydration can cause you to feel sluggish and tired. Even if you are getting water from other beverages, just adding the pure water can help your body process things much more easily and combat some of the tiredness.
It is often impossible to keep the same sleep schedule every single day. However, if you can get as close to on target as possible, you’ll find that your fatigue will often lessen. You may not realize that the recommended amount of sleep for an adult female is seven to nine hours per night. If you're not getting this, it may only make sense that you're fighting fatigue. On the other hand, if you struggle with insomnia or restless sleeping patterns, talk to your doctor about utilizing melatonin or other natural supplements to improve the sleep cycle.
Your diet plays a huge part in how tired you feel. Meals heavy in carbs will often make you “crash” later and make you feel that sluggish, fatigued feeling. Reducing empty carbs in your diet may help fight these symptoms. Adding healthy snacks throughout the day with energy-boosting foods can help keep you feeling full and energized. Try protein-packed snacks like yogurt, nuts or low-fat cheese paired with fruit or whole wheat crackers for an extra boost to get you through those tired moments.
While fatigue can be a very common issue among women of all ages, it can also be a symptom of something more severe. If you are concerned that your fatigue could be symptomatic of a more serious problem, schedule an appointment with your doctor or midwife. Call or contact us online at Greenville OB/GYN today and let us work on helping you more energized once more.