This Could Be the Cause of Your Fatigue
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Your symptoms could be alleviated by trying one of these techniques.
Anyone who’s ever overbooked their life understands the strain or difficulty of a busy schedule. It seems the more you are forced to do, the more you manage to get done in a day—there’s a reason for that. Your body feels stress so you can concentrate. It’s a survival mechanism that helps us get through, well, stressful situations.
But if you’re constantly overbooking yourself or not managing to relieve that pent up stress, it has serious consequences. According to Mayo Health Clinic, sustained stress can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
If you frequently experience symptoms brought on by chronic stress, use these tactics to relax and control your stress levels.
Fight headaches with meditation
Stress can leave you with splitting headaches. If it feels like you just can’t clear your head, take ten minutes of your day to meditate. Not sure how? There are free meditation apps you can download or tracks on Spotify to guide you through a relaxing session.
Melt away tight muscles with a warm bath
According to Harvard Health Publications, something as simple as taking a warm bath can help relieve your stress, because it temporarily pulls your mind (and body) away from all your distractions.
Nourish your upset stomach with rich nutrient-dense snacks
A common side effect of too much stress is an uneasy stomach. Eliminating stress can bring reprieve, but people often overeat or eat too much junk food when under a lot of stress. Try switching out one unhealthy snack with a healthy one each day.
Pump up to pump out fatigue
It sounds counterintuitive, but making time for exercise each day will eventually help your fatigue by lowering your stress. Exercise releases endorphins, which act as a natural painkiller. Endorphins can also improve the quality of your sleep, according to Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Exercise is one of the most productive ways to reduce stress.
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Laugh it up, Laugh it off
It’s not just fun to laugh—it’s really healthy. According to Harvard Health Publications, laughter lowers your stress hormones and reduces inflammation in your arteries. Find a go-to video, story, or friend that makes you laugh whenever you feel like you just can’t handle life.
Unplug from screen time
If you’re feeling particularly irritable, implement a no-screen time period everyday even if it’s only 30 minutes. Research links TV to a wide range of negative health effects in children and teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting screen time — time watching TV and videos, playing video and computer games, and surfing the Internet — to the following.
No more than one to two hours a day for children three and older.
No screen time at all for children two years of age and younger.
Fight lack of motivation by doing a favorite hobby
Take yourself on a date and do something you love. It will help you relax and return with more motivation and focus to do what you need to get done.
If you’re feeling stressed, you probably don’t feel like you have any extra time, but consider your mental health a priority and make extra time. Find ten to 30 minutes a day to use one of these stress relievers, and you’ll likely find many of your symptoms will start to vanish.
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