5 tips to beat tiredness
Feeling tired is a really common problem, there are many factors which can affect how much energy you have and how you feel. Here's some advice on things you can try to help boost your energy levels
1. Perk up with exercise
You may not feel like you have the energy to exercise, but moving regularly will help boost your energy and make you feel less tired. Even a short 15 minute walk can be enough to give you a boost. Try to aim to increase your exercise levels until you reach the recommended amount of 2.5 hours of moderate exercise (running, cycling, swimming, aerobic activity) a week.
Read more about starting exercise.
Find out the physical activity guidelines for adults.
2. Eat regular meals
Try eating regular meals and healthy snacks every 3-4 hours to help keep your energy levels at a constant. Eating large meals at irregular times can really add to your fatigue. If you are over weight, this in itself can cause excess strain on the body, depleting energy levels more quickly. A healthier diet and more exercise should see you losing the pounds and feeling more healthy and energised.
Read more about healthy eating.
3. Reduce stress to boost energy
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or worried this can take it’s toll on your energy levels. Remember it is important to try and relax, whether that’s reading a book, going for a stroll, meditating or listening to music, find activities that allow your mind to rest and relax.
Read more about how to relieve stress.
4. Drink more water
Sometimes mild dehydration can make you feel more tired. Try to drink regular glasses of water throughout the day, and see if that helps give your energy levels a boost. Also try to cut down on caffeinated and energy drinks, whilst they may give you a temporary boost, they can actually make you more tired. Cut down gradually to avoid headaches, and switch to healthier drinks like water.
Read about healthy drinks.
We all suffer from lack of energy from time to time, but if you are struggling with tiredness and it doesn’t improve after a couple of weeks, you should book an appointment to see your GP who can help determine any underlying causes.