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How to Shoot Down Stress and Defeat Fatigue

Feeling tired all the time? Feel like sleeping after your lunch

break? Ever experienced that there are days that you’re energy is

so low? Probably you are overworked or always under stress? You

may be experiencing fatigue.
Fatigue is a common health complaint. Around 20% of Americans

experienced excessive fatigue that is enough to interfere with

their normal life. However, one of the hardest terms to define and

a symptom of many different conditions. Fatigue, also known as

weariness, tiredness, lethargy, exhaustion is generally defined as

a feeling of lack of energy and motivation. It is not the same as

drowsiness, but the desire to sleep may accompany fatigue.
Fatigue is a symptom, rather than a specific disease or disorder.

People who are fatigued feel tired all the time in both body and

mind. A person suffering from fatigue has slowed reflexes and

reduced interest in engaging in daily functions. Excessive fatigue

is also a known risk factor for workplace and car accidents.
Fatigue can trigger from a variety of causes such as undiagnosed

medical conditions, unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace issues,

emotional concerns and stress. It can also be caused by a number

of factors working in combination.
Many diseases and disorders can trigger fatigue, including flu,

anemia, sleep disorders, tuberculosis, hepatitis, chronic pain,

heart and lung problems. Malnutrition, obesity and vitamin

deficiency can also rouse fatigue.
Excessive workload, the lack and too much of exercise can also

make a person worn out and experience fatigue. Common lifestyle

choices such as too much sleep, alcohol, drugs, sleep

disturbances, and poor diet are also factors. Individual

circumstances such as events that impact a person can also cause

fatigue. These may include personal illness or injury, illnesses

or injuries in the family, unhealthy personal relationships, too

many commitments or financial problems.

Decrease in blood pressure could also mean a slowdown in the

amount of work the heart is doing, which can lead to a feeling of

fatigue. Sometimes, the drug works not only on the heart, but also

on the central nervous system. Muscle relaxants work to decrease

the contraction of muscles. This relaxation can lead to total body

relaxation, which may cause an individual to feel fatigued.
To battle fatigue, take out some of the stress of the day. Take a

midday stroll or get up 15 minutes earlier to give yourself more

time to start your day. Whether you walk, do gardening or take a

swim — or do anything that gets you moving, you’ll likely notice

you have more stamina. Try to include at least 30 minutes of

moderate physical activity. While 30 minutes is the minimum

recommendation, you may need up to an hour of moderate activity

daily to maintain fitness and a healthy weight. Set priorities and

learn to say no. Put aside a time each day to do something you

Fatigue can be a normal and important response to physical

exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep. However, it

can also be a non-specific sign of a more serious psychological or

physical disorder. If fatigue is not relieved by enough sleep,

good nutrition, or low-stress environment, an evaluation by a

doctor is advised. Because fatigue is a common complaint,

sometimes a potentially serious cause may be overlooked.

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