Being fatigued all the time isn’t fun. When you feel sluggish and exhausted during the day and even after a three hour nap, people are quick to assume that it’s either a medical condition or you’re very depressed.
It’s also a killer to productivity.
However, after trying different things to combat fatigue, I know that there are definitely things you can do that are within your control.
Drink More Water
Yes, I know this is an obvious one, but besides bad quality sleep, dehydration is probably the main reason why you feel tired throughout the day. One thing that can help is to make drinking water seem enjoyable, effortless, and convenient. Have a nice leak-proof bottle right beside your desk and bring it with you wherever you go.
Don’t skip daily vitamins
I’ve gone without vitamins for a week and vitamin deficiencies really do affect my energy levels.
Take additional supplements like Vitamin B12
When I got my blood test done a few years ago, I was pretty normal with everything except that my “blood cells were too big.” As someone who rarely eats meat, I have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, which is the reason why I have Macrocytic anemia.
You can read more about the benefits of Vitamin B12 here.
You don’t have to run a mile or lift weights or get a gym membership. Just 15 minutes of walking per day will help because that is better than nothing.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Water
Apple Cider Vinegar has many health benefits including controlling blood sugar levels (and having unstable blood sugar levels is a major cause of fatigue). However, because of its acidity, it must be diluted with water (ideally 1 tbsp for every 8 fluid ounces of water). I personally don’t drink it with water because I like adding it to soup and using it as a flavor enhancer in meals.
Eat nourishing foods
Eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, lean meats, fish, eggs, and anything that isn’t processed. Chemicals, artificial flavorings, and preservatives can make you more sluggish because your body can’t process them properly or turn them into energy.
Have a regular sleeping routine and avoid naps
Go to bed at the same time every night. Wake up at the same time every morning. Avoid naps because they can throw off your sleep cycle. But if you don’t have a regular sleeping routine, it will come as shock to your system if you sleep at 3 AM one night and then suddenly go to bed at 10 PM the next night. I would suggest going back half an hour per night and then sticking to the ideal time for you to go to bed.
If none of the above things work, then there may be an underlying condition that cannot be treated by yourself. In that case, seek a medical professional.