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7 Ways to Fight Fatigue

Scott Monge

It’s easy to let yourself get weighed down by all the daily pressures in life. Most of us struggle with being overwhelmed or under-rested from time to time. It can be difficult to find the right balance that keeps you on your toes. Follow these tips to keep your eyes peeled and mind alert.

  1. Be active. Moving around is one of the best energy boosters you can try. If you’re battling fatigue at home, go for a jog or quick workout to tap into your energy reserves. At work, try stepping away from your desk and take a quick walk around the office to get your blood flowing.
  2. Add something crimson to your workspace. Studies have shown that scarlet hues make your muscles move faster and work harder. This can give you an added burst of energy when you need it most. If you anticipate a full and busy day ahead, add some red flowers to your desk.
  3. Stretch. Give your torso and back muscles a good stretch. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds. This will stimulate your nervous system and energize your body and mind.
  4. Take a nap. If you’re planning for a busy afternoon, plan for a quick snooze. A 60-minute power nap can refresh an overloaded brain and can actually help your brain retain information.
  5. Eat breakfast. It’s easy to skip that first meal when you’re rushing out the door for work or school. But this meal, along with lunch and dinner, are crucial to keeping your blood sugar regulated and providing you with fuel to last the day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast report being in a better mood and having more energy.
  6. Drink more water. The signal for thirst can often be misinterpreted by our brains as fatigue. Dehydration can make you feel tired and sluggish. Ditch the coffee and pick up a cool bottle of water instead. When your body isn’t craving fluids, you won’t feel lethargic.
  7. Eat energy-boosting foods. Add chia seeds or granola to plain nonfat for some additional fuel. Bananas with peanut butter are a great source of protein. Dried fruits and nuts like almonds, hazelnuts and cashews provide ample energy. And whole grain crackers and hummus are a great afternoon pick-me-up.
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