As the name suggests fatigue is a state of exhaustion, tiredness and listlessness. Fatigue is very different from weakness and it is something that can be experienced by all of us from time to time. There are many different medical causes of fatigue including Coeliac disease, anaemia, Chronic fatigue syndrome or ME, Sleep apnoea, underactive thyroid, diabetes, glandular fever, depression, restless leg and anxiety. Fatigue may also be a symptom of prolonged stress or anxiety, and may be a sign of a psychological or physical issue.
If there is no medical reason fatigue is often your body’s way of saying something’s not right. There are many causes including work stress, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and sometimes doing what you feel you SHOULD do rather than what you want to do (within reason).
Suffering from fatigue for a long time can have a huge impact on your psychological and physical well-being. Eating a balanced diet, getting more rest and avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks can all help when you are experiencing fatigue. At times the level of fatigue you are experiencing can be overwhelming and make it difficult to find the motivation necessary to live a fulfilling life.
At this point getting the right kind of help and advice will make all the difference. Even small behavioural changes such as taking a walk, getting up and having a shower and getting dressed, generally looking after oneself, where possible, can have a positive effect. It is important to allow and accept the way you feel in a non-judgement and non-punishing way. Finding a way to accept the things you can’t change and finding the courage to change the things you can can be the cornerstone to finding the path to fulfilment.
If you have a lot of caffeine (found in coffee, coca cola, tea and chocolate) cutting down can help you feel calmer.
Avoid alcohol and drugs as these can make you feel paranoid and anxious.
Eat healthily and don’t have too much sugar and salt
Try and get plenty sleep
Exercise regularly as this releases chemicals that help you feel good.
Don’t stop doing the things you enjoy
Remember that it’s good to talk about how you are feeling.
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