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Finding Energy: You CAN Overcome Fatigue

September 14, 2015|By Mary Anderson, Ph.D. |Health Psychology

Exhausted? Feeling frustrated by chronic low energy and finding it harder to do things? Like your battery is always on empty?

If it’s more than feeling occasionally tired—you may be experiencing fatigue.

People may feel fatigue for numerous reasons. The Mayo Clinic lists three major causes of fatigue: lifestyle factors (i.e., inactivity, unhealthy eating habits), psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression), and medical conditions (i.e., anemia, sleep apnea, diabetes). You’ll find further details about these causes on the Mayo Clinic website. 

While it can feel hard to manage, fatigue does not have to be a way of life. There are strategies to address your fatigue and improve your overall quality of life such as staying well hydrated, engaging in regular exercise, obtaining adequate sleep, and much more as described here. 

Nutrition plays a role as well. How often, how much, and what you eat is extremely important for managing your energy and keeping fatigue in check. Click here to learn more about fatigue-fighting foods.

So start today: Make the choices you can to recharge your battery and enjoy increased energy! Any decrease in fatigue is worth it!

Excellent Online Resources:  If you or a loved one is living with a medical condition, coping with fatigue may be a common experience. Here are some great resources that provide helpful information about how to combat chronic illness or disease-related fatigue:

For Cleveland Clinic’s information about cancer-related fatigue: Click here

For Multiple Sclerosis-related information: Click here

For Parkinson’s Disease-related information: Click here 

Encouraging Action: How can you start building in healthy, energizing activities and habits into your week? What is one thing you could do to fight fatigue today?

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