Thursday, September 28, 2006

fighting fatigue? fight back

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Chronic illnesses often involve varying levels of fatigue. Add on the fact that many of us also suffer from depression, and there is a high likelihood that you feel as though you are running on empty too much of the time.

The following Nubella article offers some tips for battling back:

Six Tips to Fight Fatigue
  • Exercising. Exercise almost guarantees that you'll sleep more soundly. It also causes your body to release hormones that can make you feel energized.
  • Eating for energy. Small meals or snacks every few hours can reduce your perception of fatigue by ensuring a steady supply of nutrients to the brain.
  • Controlling stress. Relaxation therapies like meditation, self-hypnosis, yoga, and tai chi are effective stress-reduction techniques.
  • Lightening your load. Prioritize your list of must-do activities, and pare down less important tasks.
  • Not smoking. Nicotine speeds the heart rate, raises blood pressure, and stimulates brain-wave activity associated with wakefulness, making it harder to fall asleep. And once you do fall asleep, its addictive power can kick in and awaken you with cravings.
  • Enjoying the outdoors. Gardening, hiking, or walks along the beach can help restore body and soul. There aren't any scientific studies documenting that communing with nature can actually fight fatigue, but some scientists are exploring this theory.

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