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Fatigue, lack of energy, physical and mental exhaustion, chronic tiredness, asthenia, burn out... are increasingly common complaints these days. Of course, it's normal to feel tired after a day at work or an activity that requires effort. The problem comes when we have the feeling of never being able to fully recover. We wake up already tired, we drag ourselves through the day, without vitality and without motivation, and at night we have difficulty falling asleep, which reduces the number of hours to sleep, which, precisely, keeps us awake! Getting out of this vicious cycle is not always easy. We live in a society that values efficiency and movement, and the more activities you do in a short period of time, the better.

Take Fatigue Seriously

Lack of energy can affect anyone throughout life for very specific reasons. But if you already think it's normal to be on your knees, it's worth investigating. This tiredness can be caused by diseases such as anemia, infectious diseases (such as a simple flu or cold), fibromyalgia, hyperthyroidism, digestive system diseases, heart failure, low blood pressure and some types of cancer.

The importance of sleep

Sometimes the cause of tiredness can even be simple, like lack of sleep. Many people find it difficult to fall asleep, even when they are tired, and have the feeling of not being able to switch off... There are also those who cannot sleep enough hours, which differs from person to person. Sleep is essential for maintaining balance, because it is in sleep that a large part of organic, physical and psychic recovery takes place.

The psychological factor

Often, after eliminating the treatable physical causes, it is clear that tiredness may have a psychological origin. Situations such as lack of motivation, lack of recognition or a feeling of impotence accentuate physical fatigue. At the same time, a monotonous life without challenges, family worries and financial problems tend to aggravate the situation.

Strategies to combat fatigue

Relaxation and physical exercise

Find out which relaxation technique best helps you decompress: meditation, breathing deeply through your diaphragm, visualizing a pleasant place, appreciating the moment... outdoor activity, in addition to relieving stress, promotes health at different levels, helps to relax and prepare the body for sleep.

The practice of physical exercise provides an improvement in mood and work performance, an increase in self-esteem and a decrease in depression. If you think you're going to get even more tired when doing an activity, think again, it's just the opposite. Lack of exercise can tire you out, because the less you use your body, the more it gets used to not being used and the faster it gets tired. Don't go to the gym out of obligation. Learn to motivate yourself and take pleasure in the effort.

Time to do what you like

These days it seems impossible to arrange availability, but make an effort, take time for yourself, to be alone, or to dedicate yourself to a hobby. This break is essential for our mental and even physical well-being, helping to reduce stress and control anxiety.

New stimuli

Try a new and exciting activity outside of your routine, like learning a new language, or a cooking workshop. Did you know that sometimes it's not the exaggeration of stimulation, but the lack of it that keeps you up at night? When every day seems to repeat itself and monotony prevails, the brain remains vigilant looking for something new...

Foods Against Fatigue

Because tiredness can sometimes be caused or worsened by poor eating habits, we remind you that a varied and balanced diet also plays a very important role in brain health. Good hydration is also essential: water, infusions and fruit juices. The main sources of energy are carbohydrates (pasta, cereals and bread, wholemeal preferably).

Fatty fish

Source of omega-3, an important element for good brain development. It also plays a role in memory and improves mood, as well as helping to protect the brain against mental decline.

Dry fruits

Rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin E that protect against undesirable oxidation, protecting not only the brain, but also the heart.

Blueberries and broccoli

Packed with antioxidants, they protect the brain from premature aging and can help improve memory.

Orange or kiwi

Its vitamin C content is important in preventing mental decline.

Dark chocolate

Its flavonoids help protect the brain, increase memory and improve mood.

Coffee and tea

Coffee, in adequate amounts, helps to increase alertness and improve mood, while providing some protection against Alzheimer's disease due to caffeine and its antioxidants. Green tea stimulates the brain function.

by Proff


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