You’ve just looked at your calendar and between the demands at work and at home, you’ve got a pretty busy schedule to navigate. Whether you’re working from home or finding your way into the office, a chaotic life can likely lead to stress, difficulty sleeping, and many people find themselves tired during the workday.
There are several symptoms of fatigue including moodiness, drowsiness, loss of energy and lack of concentration and motivation. And of course, none of these are ideal qualities to be recognized at your job. Fatigue can not only make you appear less personable and efficient at work, but it can also pose a serious safety risk if you work in a hazardous location. Also, long-term fatigue can affect your mental and emotional well-being. It is important to be aware of your fatigue and bring it to your doctor’s attention if necessary.
To combat fatigue and cope with lifestyle factors, here are some tips.
Short bursts of energy can come from several sources:
- Eat a snack that combines complex carbohydrates and protein.
- Take a brisk walk to rejuvenate your entire body.
- Do a mini-meditation, either using Premium or the Relax feature on your watch. This short two-minute session allows you to calm down and feel more in control.
- Drink a glass of water. Hydration can help you feel more alert like caffeine.
Take a chance on combating chronic fatigue by incorporating these healthy lifestyle changes:
- Limit your caffeine to one to two caffeinated drinks. Drinking stimulants early in the day leads to decreased energy late at night.
- Save your energy for things you want to do, like playing with your kids or dancing in your kitchen. This type of physical activity will help fuel you.
- Set boundaries on each of your calendars to manage your stress regularly.
Improve your sleeping habits
Generally, fatigue is caused by poor or insufficient sleep. To help improve this area of your health, aim for 7 to 8 hours each night, even if it means rearranging your schedule.
- Create a quality sleep environment by controlling temperature, noise levels and lighting.
- Use sleep features to create a sleep schedule aimed at waking up and resting at the same time throughout the week and on the weekend.
- Limit known stimulants including caffeine, alcohol, large meals or vigorous exercise near your bedtime.
Disclaimer: Fatigue may be associated with an underlying medical problem, psychiatric condition, or sleep disorders. Consider seeing your doctor to see if this applies to you, especially if this information doesn’t relieve your fatigue.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat your health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, changing your sleeping habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.