Fighting fatigue in our daily lives is never easy. It is essential to have enough energy and focus for our work, personal lives, and various activities we may partake in. Sometimes it may seem like there is never enough energy through out the day. We find ourselves dragging mid-day, and often feels as if we are on autopilot. It can be helpful to focus on the root cause in order to achieve solutions. It can be surprising with a few slight changes in our daily lives the results that can be achieved.
We have heard our whole lives how important exercise is. It can be a wonderful tool in fighting fatigue, as long we remember to keep it in balance, be mindful, and resist over training. It has been studied that exercising actually increases energy. When we don't feel great, it can be hard to motivate ourselves to get up and moving. It is probably the last thing we want to do. When we exercise it releases endorphins that lift our mood, and helps us have positive feelings as well.
Another concept to keep in mind is our water intake. We want to make sure we are not dehydrated, or less commonly over-hydrated. Dehydration has been linked to moodiness, fatigue, and concentration issues. When we are properly hydrated our vasodilation increases in our arteries of the brain, which helps get oxygen and glucose to the brain, thus improving mood and mental clarity. On the other hand when we over-hydrate our body can struggle too. Among many symptoms, we don't want to wash away vital vitamins, and minerals in the process.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that a restful night's sleep can do wonders for us. The typical adult needs seven to eight hours of rest, however it is possible to over rest. Leaving our bodies in this state to long may have us moving slower, or more sluggish come morning. We want to keep in mind to have a regular bedtime to enhance our sleep-wake cycle. It is also important to note if we are tossing and turning, and how many times we are waking up in the night as well.
Many stimulants may feel as if they are contributing to our energy and focus, however in many cases it more the illusion of energy, than energy itself. Excessive caffeine is a great example of this, especially if it is combined with lots of additives, and simple sugars. We will get that initial rush at first, but then later find ourselves crashing, and even though we don't feel like we have a lot of energy, we still struggle with going to sleep. This is because caffeine can stay in our system for up to fourteen hours.
It is vital that we maintain a well balanced lifestyle. One where we exercise to enhance our mood, but don't overly exhaust ourselves. Drink enough water, but don't over-hydrate in order to keep healthy vitamins and minerals. Achieve a restful night's sleep, without feeling sluggish when the new day comes. Strive to live a life with less stimulants. When we veer off this path we may find ourselves with less than appealing circumstances that effect our mental and physical health. Through lifestyle choices, mindfulness of our limits, we can improve our mood, focus, energy, and concentration.
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About the Author:
Ginger McBride is a certified health coach, wellness expert, and entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping others with their health, inspiring them to reach their goals through motivation, and education!