Fatigue is a thief that robs you of all the good things in life. It impacts your relationships, your happiness, and even your view of the world. When you are too tired to do anything, your world becomes very small and that can lead to depression, anxiety, and cause you to age faster.
The good news is fatigue is not natural and you don’t have to live with it. Reclaim your youthful energy with these five fatigue-fighting tips.
Restyle Your Lifestyle
Many times when someone is experiencing chronic fatigue, lifestyle is the culprit. Take steps to change the things that could be causing or exacerbating your fatigue. Start making these changes and see how much better you feel:
- Reduce your stress
- Learn how to better manage your stress
- Limit alcohol intake
- Stop smoking
- Engage in social activities
- Change your eating habits
- Get better sleep
- Get moving
- Stay hydrated
- Lose weight
- Engage in relaxing activities that bring you joy
Get a Checkup to Rule Out any Medical Condition
Some medical conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes, arthritis, thyroid disease, heart disease, and even mental health issues like depression and anxiety can cause fatigue. Talk to your doctor and get a complete checkup to make sure you don’t have an underlying condition that is causing your fatigue.
What’s more, many medications can cause fatigue or contribute to it. Many blood pressure medications, diuretics, and heart medications can make you drowsy or leave you feeling drained. Even taking antihistamines for allergies or sinus conditions can leave you feeling sleepy. If you suspect that your medication is causing your fatigue, talk to your doctor about exploring other options that won’t leave you so tired.
Revamp Your Diet
Everyone knows that adopting a healthy diet is a smart move. Putting that into practice isn’t always so easy. Start small and gradually build on healthier eating by incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats into your diet every day. Watch your caloric intake, making sure that what you eat provides good nutritional content instead of empty calories that don’t feed your body. If you find that you are always feeling hungry, take a look at what you are eating and the nutritional value of the food you are consuming. Your body craves nutrition, not just something to fill it. Give it the nutrition it needs.
Develop a Healthy Sleep Routine
Sleep is integral to how you function during the day and good quality sleep is a great fatigue buster. Try these tips for creating a healthy sleep routine:
- Turn off all electronic devices two hours before bedtime
- Avoid heavy meals at least four hours before you turn in
- If you drink alcohol right before bed, don’t overdo it. Limit it to one glass of wine.
- Create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom
- Keep your bedroom cool
- Sprinkle a little lavender essential oil on your sheets and pillow
- Use a sound machine or fan to block out any outside noise
- Read something relaxing and calming before bed
- Try breathing exercises to induce calm and relaxation
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the most effective treatment for hormone imbalance and its symptoms – which include fatigue. At Sandstone Family Medicine we offer a powerful plant-based BHRT that is very similar to the body’s natural hormone production. We can customize it to fit your lifestyle, your situation, your personal and unique needs. We will do a complete hormone workup to determine what your body needs to be better and feel better – and banish fatigue allowing you to reclaim your youthful energy. Aren’t you tired of feeling tired? Maybe it’s time to give hormone replacement therapy a try!
Feeling fatigued? Give us a call or schedule a consultation online and find out if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you.