Fatigue – Why it Happens and How to Beat it
Fatigue is a term commonly used to describe an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. When you feel fatigued, you simply have no motivation to get up in the morning, feel a lack of energy throughout the day, and show signs of being physically or mentally exhausted. As a consequence, this can cause difficulty with normal daily activities, leading to problems with attentiveness and concentration. This is an issue that we deal with on a daily basis here at Wellspring Chiropractic.
It’s important that you always consult with a professional for diagnosis if you are suffering from chronic fatigue. If ignored and left untreated, fatigue can cause a vast range of other physical, mental and emotional symptoms, including:
- Sore or aching muscles
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired decision-making and judgement
- Impaired hand-to-eye coordination
- Loss of appetite
- Reduced immune system function
- Short-term memory problems
- Poor concentration
- Low motivation
Identifying the things that might be responsible for your fatigue is often the first step toward relief. Fatigue may be related to or caused by:
- Excessive physical activity
- Lack of sleep
- Jet lag and frequent travel
- Unhealthy eating habits
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Consumption of alcohol or drugs
Treatment and Self-Care:
Eating a healthy diet and doing regular (not excessive) physical activity will help improve your sleep and reduce fatigue. Most professionals will recommend you to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day with plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet. It is better to avoid junk food as well as alcohol and caffeine since these can impact your sleep.
If you’re someone who suffers from fatigue, first experiment with some of the above self-care methods. If you’ve made efforts to address the most common lifestyle causes without success and your fatigue continues, make an appointment with a professional as it may be the result of an underlying medical condition that requires treatment.
It’s important to remember that fatigue often gets worse gradually. You might not realise how much it is affecting you until you think about all the things you could do previously.
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