When Energy Reaches an All Time Low:  Effective Strategies for Managing Fatigue


When Energy Reaches an All Time Low:  Effective Strategies for Managing Fatigue

Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness and lack of energy that can be caused by physical or mental activity and exertion, a lack of sleep, or extensive stress.  Fatigue can also be a symptom of certain medical conditions and a side effect to certain medications.  Fatigue can have physical, emotional, or cognitive effects. It can lead to decreased productivity, decreased motivation, and increased vulnerability to stress. 

There are many signs and symptoms of fatigue, which vary from person to person.  Fatigue can be physical, psychological, or emotional.  Physical fatigue is the most common type and is caused by overworked muscles, lack of sleep, or poor nutrition.  Fatigue may cause us to feel drowsy, irritable, weak, stressed, a headache, an upset stomach, and/or muscle pain. 

When we feel fatigued, it can be difficult to concentrate or focus on our work and this can greatly impact our ability to perform necessary work functions. Psychological fatigue is caused by stress, anxiety, or depression. Emotional fatigue is often connected to negative life events, such as a sudden loss, an unexpected change or a toxic home or work environment.  

Mental Fatigue

Mental fatigue can worsen mental health conditions and make them harder to treat. Fatigue can also lead to other problems, such as decreased productivity, weight gain, and problems with relationships. Fatigue can significantly diminish our creativity, cognitive function and emotional stability.

Managing Fatigue

Managing fatigue is an important part of managing your mental health and improving your energy levels. There are many different strategies that can be effective in managing fatigue, depending on the individual’s needs and preferences.Treatment for physical fatigue may include resting the body, eating healthy foods, taking supplements, drinking plenty of fluids, reducing stress, and exercising regularly.  A healthy diet is important for maintaining energy levels and preventing fatigue. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.  It’s important to get enough sleep each night and most adults need around seven to eight hours of sleep per night.  Consider improving your own sleep hygiene and developing a nightly sleep routine to help you get on track.

Treatment for Fatigue

Treatment for psychological and emotional fatigue may include therapy, stress management techniques, and medication.  Taking care of ourselves is essential to managing fatigue and maintaining our mental wellbeing and mental health. Make sure to schedule in time for yourself each week – whether that means taking a yoga class, reading a book, or spending time with friends and family – so you can recharge and refuel.

Additionally, one of the most important things you can do to manage fatigue is to manage your time effectively. This means setting realistic goals and priorities, and planning your day accordingly.  When you’re feeling worn out, it’s important to take a break and recharge your batteries.

This may mean taking a short walk outdoors, reading a book, taking a nap, or simply relaxing in a comfortable chair.  Allow yourself to take these breaks when you need them, and consider scheduling down time for yourself so that you can look forward and expect time to decompress each day.

When you understand the causes of fatigue and take steps to address them, you can enjoy improved energy and a better quality of life.

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