Fatigue or Exhaustion is a state of being incredibly tired, simply we can say it, more than being tired or sleepy. People who have fatigue feel so drained that their exhaustion interrupts their daily life.Your exhaustion might be due to physical fatigue, after shoveling snow for hours or chasing after your runaway dog, or mental tiredness.
Many conditions and medications can cause overwhelming tiredness. An unhealthy diet, lack of sleep and too little or too much physical activity can also lead to fatigue.
Fatigue often occurs along with other symptoms, such as –
• Depression and lack of desire to do the activities you once enjoyed.
• Trouble concentrating or focusing.
• Very low energy and motivation.
• Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability.
• Muscle weakness and pain.
Other signs of fatigue include –
• Tired eyes
• Tired legs
• Whole-body tiredness
• Stiff shoulders
• Malaise (discomfort/uneasiness)
• Boredom or lack of motivations
Some more common triggers of emotional exhaustion include:
• high-pressure jobs, such as nurses, doctors, police officers, and teachers
• intense schooling, such as medical school
• working long hours or working at a job you hate
• having a baby
• raising children
• financial stress or poverty
• being a caregiver for a loved one
• prolonged divorce proceedings
• death of a family member or friend
• living with a chronic illness or injury
How to ease or relieve fatigue?
If a medical condition isn’t causing your fatigue, lifestyle changes may improve your symptoms. To reduce fatigue, you can –
• Practice good sleep habits: Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Don’t drink caffeine, use electronics, or exercise right before bed. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
• Avoid toxins: Don’t use illegal drugs, and drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
• Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet and plenty of water will keep your body nourished and hydrated.
• Manage stress: Yoga, mindfulness, meditation and regular exercise can help you relieve stress and gain more energy.
• See your healthcare provider: Make an appointment to rule out infections, disease, illness, vitamin deficiencies and other health conditions. You should also talk to your provider about medications you’re taking to see if they are causing your symptoms.
• Exercise often: Regular exercise is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Though it might seem counter-intuitive, vigorous exercise can help you feel more energetic once you get used to it. But exercising too much can cause fatigue, so talk to your provider about what’s best for you.
• Maintain a healthy weight: Talk to your healthcare provider about your ideal weight, and try to stay within that range.
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