1. Drink water
You’ve probably heard this time and time again, and I hate to seem like a nag because I do enough of that offline (just ask my husband and kids!), but drinking enough water really is that important.
Our bodies are around 60-75% water after all, and each of our gazillion hard-working cells need water every day, just to keep us alive, and that’s water on top of the water we need to replace the water (does anybody else suddenly feel the urge to drink water…or pee?) we lose through the gross stuff – sweat, number 1s, and number 2s!
Even mild dehydration can cause tiredness and low energy, plus trouble concentrating, constipation, and headaches. Aim for at least 1.5-2L of water per day, and check your pee each time you go – a light, straw colour = good water intake.
2. Get some exercise
Ok, yep, I hear you – you feel like this is turning into just another one of those articles that are full of the most obvious, “yeh, we know. We know.” *eyeroll* advice. Yeh, well, if it’s all so obvious, why are you looking for ways to fight fatigue – shouldn’t you be full of energy because you know everything? Hmmm?
OK, sorry, that was a little unnecessary and harsh. My bad. No hard feelings right?
Seriously, though, I’m sure you already know that exercise releases endorphins – that awesome hormone that’s responsible for “runner’ high” (you know, that thing that helps people to keep running for ages, even though nothing is chasing them). Did you also know that exercise also boosts cardiovascular (heart) health, which makes it easier to do things without puffing and feeling exhausted afterwards? You did?! OK….
Did you also know that exercise helps improve your mood, so you feel lighter and brighter? Oh you knew that too, hey? You know what – just go be active then! What are you waiting for smarty pants? Go for a power walk around the block, stroll along the beach, swim some laps, enjoy a bike ride, jump on your kid’s trampoline – go! Move! Feel good!
3. Have a nap
Uh huh, I said it. Have a nap. Yes, I know I just said go be active! Now, I’m saying have a nap. Mmmkay? Just roll with it.
Naps have gotten a bad rap over the years – unless you’re pregnant, a retiree, or under the age of 3 – and we’ve been told they interfere with our sleep at night. Truth is, if you do napping the right way, it’s a very effective tool for a quick energy boost when you need it during the day.
Don’t nap after mid-afternoon and keep it under 30 minutes. You’ll wake feeling refreshed, alert, and with a handy little boost in energy to get you through until bedtime! And if you can’t actually nap during the day (say, if your boss isn’t supportive of your napping needs), even closing your eyes for a few minutes can help you feel more lively.
Threw you a bit with that one didn’t I? Not so predictable now am I? Ha! Yep, it’s true – laughter truly is the best medicine! A good chuckle will raise your blood pressure and heart rate just enough to help you feel pumped and ready to finish that report that’s due in two hours.
This had me tear-laughing! Gotta love Yahoo Answers!
5. Socialise or withdraw
So that doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? Fight fatigue by either spending time socialising with people or on your own. I know, I know, it sounds like nonsense, but trust me, I’m going somewhere with this.
See, there’s people who are extroverts (https://www.verywellmind.com/signs-you-are-an-extrovert-2795426) , and they need time socialising with people, sometimes lots of different people, to feel energised. Then, there’s the introverts (https://www.verywellmind.com/signs-you-are-an-introvert-2795427), who tend to feel exhausted if they spend too much time around others, and they need time alone to recharge their batteries.
You probably already have a fair idea of which one you are, although you might be somewhere in the middle – some days you get such a buzz from socialising, other days you just want to hide out in a cave and not talk to a soul. I’m a little of both, but I think I lean slightly more towards introvert. I once went 3 days without leaving my house and not talking to a soul, and loved it, until I suddenly hated it on the fourth day, and then I needed to connect with as many people as I could!
The idea though, is to pay attention to your body – if you feel drained after a day of work or an event, take some time to be alone. If you feel sluggish and isolated, call up some friends and organise a catch up, or just go to places where people are paid to talk to you, like stores, banks, and cafes!
So, there you have it folks – 5 easy ways to fight fatigue RIGHT NOW, this very minute. I hope these have been helpful (albeit somewhat predictable).
Comment below and let me know which one/s work best for you!