Drained and always tired? Well, you are not alone. This is a common problem amongst many during the winter. Fatigue can cause you to work below your potential, be grumpy and make it hard for you to focus. Here are five ways to help you get control and wake up from chronic exhaustion.
- Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Many claim they drink water but the question is if it’s enough water. One of the symptoms of being dehydrated is to feel sleepy or groggy. If you’re sleepy you probally find yourself constantly reaching for caffeinated drinks. Caffeine dehydrates you and cause you to feel even more tired in the long run. Stay away from the coffee and make sure you’re getting at least 8 of the recommended glasses of water. Don’t forget if you have a high-fiber diet, or workout constantly you have to increase your water intake.
- Food allergies making you tired? You may be allergic to lactose or gluten and don’t know it because your ignoring the symptoms. Food allergies makes your body work extra hard to attempt to digest whatever your allergic to and all this work can cause you to feel sleepy. Not sure if your a victim of food allergies? Take a visit to a dietitian to find out.
- Lack of vitamins causing you to slow down? A simple blood test can determine if you have low levels of B-12, Vitamin D or Iron. Lower levels of these vitamins can cause fatigue, weakness and anxiety. I went through a semester of college where I was always tired. When I went to the doctor I found out I suffered from an iron deficiency also know as anemia. A simple multivitamin and diet change had me in tip-top shape in no time.
- Give up stress! High stress levels have been linked to restless night. So remember stay positive, keep the faith and don’t let anything stress you out. Work on finding healthy stress relievers like meditation, dance, yoga or what ever you find relaxing. Less stress equals better rest.
- Workout to wakeup! Exercise has many benefits and some of them include a improved mood, a boost of confidence and more energy. I try to fit in atleast 30 minutes of some type of exercise 3-5 times a week. I vow by this! There was a point when I wasn’t working out for months and I could feel the difference. Depression kicked in and my energy levels dipped low. I can’t function without working out.