I Suffer from Fatigue?
fatigue, your muscles cannot do things as easily as they used
to, for example when climbing stairs or carrying shopping
bags. With psychological fatigue, it may be difficult to concentrate
for as long as you used to. In severe cases, you might feel
depressed and don't get out of bed to do your regular daily
all had times when we've felt really tired. It might be due
to a long, busy day at home or at work, a late night, a long
trip and so on. However this kind of tiredness is usually
rectified by a good night's sleep. Fatigue, on the other hand,
is a tiredness that does not go away when you've had a chance
may be described as a feeling of extreme tiredness, or exhaustion,
which can be a physical and/or a psychological experience.
With physical fatigue, your muscles cannot do things as easily
as they used to, for example when climbing stairs or carrying
shopping bags. With psychological fatigue, it may be difficult
to concentrate for as long as you used to. In severe cases,
you might feel depressed and don't get out of bed to do your
regular daily activities. Fatigue can start and increase very
slowly. If you feel extremely tired even after you rest, you
should consult your doctor.
Fatigue may be due to many causes, including, but not restricted
- illness, such as health problems with the heart, lung, and
- joint and muscle pain,
- stress or worry,
- overdoing it,
- poor sleep,
- nutritional problems
- little or no physical activity.
causes vary from person to person and the resulting fatigue
can last a long or short time. Don't despair! There is much
you can do to help decrease the effects of fatigue. Knowing
how it affects you will help you manage it better.
how fatigue affects you and recognising the triggers will
help you to manage it in a more effective way. Consider the
following tips to help you deal with your fatigue:
Managing your condition: if you have arthritis or another
painful condition, that is causing your fatigue, you need
to ascertain the best way to manage it. This may mean working
with your doctor to find the best combination of treatments
Have a blood test: fatigue can be caused by a number of conditions,
such as thyroid and anaemia. Confirm that there are no concerns
in these areas by taking a blood test.
Respect pain: coping with pain can drain you of physical and
emotional energy, while also disrupting your sleep, resulting
in a vicious cycle. Using methods to control the pain will
help break this cycle. Try also to find ways to distract yourself
from the pain, as research has shown that those who focus
on pain tend to experience greater levels of discomfort.
Improve your sleep: enough sleep is crucial to battling fatigue.
To improve your sleep habits, try to avoid coffee and other
stimulants late in the day, engage in moderate exercise, listen
to soothing music, take a relaxing warm bath, or spend some
quiet time by yourself before going to bed.
l Increase your activity level: inactivity can lead to increased
feelings of fatigue, so it's important to try doing more activities
to raise your energy levels, which will help reduce your fatigue.
Learn to relax: stress and fatigue often come hand in hand.
Managing your stress by exercising and using relaxation techniques.