Four Steps To Fighting Fatigue

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Fatigue has a way of making the bright blue sky of the morning appear as a bully that’s forcing you to start a new day complete with its challenges against your will. Waking up tired is so annoying, especially when you don’t have the option of going back to sleep, not even in your mind, because your brain is immediately put under pressure first thing in the morning – “what’s the management of this disease?”

Anyways, since I’ve brought up management let’s talk about managing tiredness. Every person that’s trying to do big things in their lives that are beyond their natural reach, tends to experience tiredness so we’ve gotta have a way of managing it, let me tell you mine and you can comment yours so we can all learn from each other

1. Accept that you need rest
There’s no point reading further if you still believe “you’re fine”. When your body is telling you it needs a break listen to it before it shuts down against your will.

2. Identify your stressor(s)
Many of us juggle various commitments but it may not be everything bringing you fatigue – take time to pick out the most stressful item(s) rather than shut down altogether only to be bombarded by all your responsibilities at once when you get back from your break.

3. Identify your stress relievers
Sounds obvious but it’s good to take the time to know exactly how best you unwind, so you don’t waste time dilly dallying looking for it at the expense of your very little energy left. Sometimes, one of your responsibilities could be a stress reliever, like for example, when I’m stressed at school I find writing to be a release – which produces a blogpost that keeps this place going; get to hit two birds with one stone that way.

4. Last but not least – Relax
In your mind too! You haven’t relaxed till your mind has taken a break; if you’re fortunate enough to go get a full body massage but your mind is racing about issues at work – you most likely won’t get the relief you seek.

Article by Elizabeth T. Peters
Program Coordinator for Gender Based Violence
International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA)

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