The Sure Cure For Banishing Fatigue

At the outset, this is an article following the one we did on diagnosable fatigue such as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and suchlike. For the rest of us, constant tiredness may have become an unwelcome ‘bed-fellow’. Preventing this kind of fatigue is within our grasp and while we may resist the simplicity of the suggested cures, they are sure to banish that nagging fatigue.

Cure No 1: Restorative Sleep

Honour your system’s need to replenish in sleep - good sleep. We shoot ourselves in the foot by watching telly till we’re tired or worse, have a telly in our bedroom. We end up falling asleep halfway through a show only to wake up with the known after-effects of long exposure to electromagnetic waves. That’s nothing more than self-induced fatigue right there!
Sleep tips:

  1. Timing- your body will know what to do if you keep a regular sleep time.
  2. Slow down – mentally and physically turn down the ‘crazy’. Have a warm bubble bath with lavender essential oils.
  3. Dinner – have that sorted at least 2 hours before bedtime. Much digestion will already have taken place, leaving the body with nothing left to do but support your night’s sleep.

Cure No 2: Sensible Diet
If you’re serious about preventing the fatigue that you wake up with, lug around all day and then retire with, be sensible about what you’re fuelling your system with. We all know that rich, fatty foods are seldom good for us. Feel the difference in your energy levels when you alter those bad habits. Crash diets may also interfere with sleep.
Diet tips:

  1. Avoid caffeine or alcohol for an hour or two before bedtime.
  2. Eat three regular meals a day – preferably at the same times each day.
  3. Follow a Mediterranean diet, with plenty of fresh, raw food and little protein.

Cure No 3: Move, Move, Move

It may seem counterproductive but it’s not, physical exercise can miraculously reduce fatigue. Especially if you’re stuck in front of a computer all day, your body will be in dire need of movement. You don’t have to join a gym, although that may make sure you do something directly physical on a regular basis and any rigorous exercise regime should be cleared by our GP first. But simple things can also go a long way to successfully prevent fatigue.
Exercise tips:

  1. Walking – latest findings show the remarkable benefits of daily walks. There are apps we can download to our devices that count our steps and monitor our progress.
  2. Stretching – not to be minimized, stretching and toning tired muscles relaxes them and restores calmer breathing.
  3. Awareness – at the very least, being aware of moving about rather than heading for our favourite couch potato position at the end of an exhausting day will help. Packing things away, attending to the pool, throwing a ball for the family pet, using the stairs everywhere we go are sneaky ways to move even a tired body.

Preventing fatigue is so within our reach that we could almost visualize feeling better with very few but authentic habit changes. Truth be told, we have no one to blame but ourselves if this kind of fatigue remains a permanent part of our days. There’s still time to set a New Year’s resolution in place. The difference will be evident in a matter of days.


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