5 Natural Ways to Fight Fatigue Apr 11, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
If you’re one of those people who need their morning coffee…and then their lunch coffee…and then their afternoon “pick-me-up” coffee, you’re not alone. Many people battle with feeling fatigue on a daily basis, but did you know that there are a lot of natural and healthy ways to deal with fatigue other than coffee? Now, don’t think I’m going to suggest you give up coffee as I sit here sipping mine my own cup of joe, but here are some other alternatives to consider in addition to our daily java!
In conjunction with physical activity, yoga specifically may be especially effective for boosting energy. The University of Oregon offered yoga classes to 135 different people of varying ages. After six months of classes, a majority of people reported that they had an increased sense of well-being, they were clear-minded, had an increase in confidence, and they felt more energized!
It’s no surprise that physical activity made our list. There are ENDLESS benefits to getting up and moving throughout the day, and battling fatigue is just one of them. Exercise helps to improve our body’s efficiency of our heart, lungs and muscles, so it takes less effort for them to function properly when we’re fit. Fit muscles, hearts, and lungs use less of our reserves and gives us MORE energy to stay awake and active!
Being dehydrated is one of the biggest culprits of feeling fatigued throughout the day. When we don’t drink enough water, not only does it steal our energy but it also weakens our physical performance and decreases alertness and concentration. Professor Dan Judelson from California State University stated that since dehydration can hurt the performance of athletes, it’s reasonable to assume that dehydration can also cause fatigue in regular people that are even just doing chores. You’ll know if you need to drink more water if your urine is a dark yellow, if it’s a light color then you’re on the right track!
Believe it or not, but the colors you wear have a direct impact on your energy level throughout the day. The Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training found in their research that colors such as red, yellow and orange are more energizing than colors such as blue, green and purple. The most energizing of all? Orange! Start sneaking some orange into your everyday attire and accessories and see if your energy levels increase.
Get More Sleep
This might seem like a very obvious answer, but sleep is one of the most important factors in feeling energized. Everybody functions optimally on different amounts of sleep, and it might take some experimenting to find out what is best for you, but once you find that magic number it’s very important to make sure you get that sleep every single night. If you know you can’t get a full sleep at night, try and schedule a nap for yourself in the afternoon as napping helps to restore alertness and wakefulness. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a nap followed by a cup of coffee may be the best thing for you if you skimped on your sleep the previous night.
Fighting fatigue is important for your health and your day-to-day life. Find the combination of methods that work for you and stay awake and energized!