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How to Take Care of Yourself If You Are Feeling Tired
You may feel tired due to stress at work, a hectic lifestyle, or from running after your small children. Whatever the reason, we all feel tired at some point.
The tiredness often takes its physical toll, perhaps showing up in the form of dark circles or bags under your eyes. Other signs that you are tired include lack of energy during the day and noticing a heavy feeling to your body.
Initiate the process yourself to feel more energized when you find these signs frequently appearing in your days.
Give yourself the permission to slow down.
Yes, you are allowed.
The world will not end if you do not get all of the "to-do" tasks done in a given day. Chances are good that at least some of these tasks can be rolled over to the next day or week. Get the critical items accomplished first and recognize it is okay to get the other ones done at a later time when you have more energy.
Allow yourself to relax.
Reach out to other people to help you through your day. When you feel tired, you may be less productive than the average day. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and stressed.
Turn to the people at home and at work that can help you both emotionally and with physical tasks.
For example, explain to your other household members that you are feeling under the weather. Ask them to pitch in more around the house or to take one of your usual household tasks. At the office, perhaps a deadline is flexible and can be bumped to another week if you explain the situation to your supervisor.
Aside from helping you with physical tasks, your support group can also be an emotional support. Talking about your feelings to a close friend or family member may help you alleviate stress and give you more perception about your current circumstances.
The supporters may also offer you useful suggestions they have used to help them alleviate tired feelings. You can incorporate these methods into your current routine to help you.
Your support system will appreciate your honesty. Chances are high that these people have felt tired at certain times and can empathize with your current situation. People who really care about you are more than willing to give their time and energy to help you when you struggle in your day.
Your general physician is also an excellent resource. A physical examination will help to point out any deficiencies in your health and your doctor can help offer methods to alleviate your tiredness.
As well, take care of yourself when you feel tired by indulging in your favourite relaxation methods.
Take a long bubble bath if the activity is one that relaxes you. Let your household members know that you need the time to yourself and do not want to be disturbed. There is nothing wrong with taking time to yourself; you deserve it.
Other ways that you may choose to relax include:
- Watch your favourite movie or reality show on television while lying on the couch
- Read a book
- Make a cup of tea
- Meditation poses or yoga
The specific methods to relax vary according to personal preference. You may feel tired because you have neglected to put yourself first. Take the time now to prioritize yourself.
You may feel tired at least partly because you are not getting enough sleep.
- Are you getting enough hours of sleep each night?
- Have you cut back your sleeping hours lately?
- Have you recently adjusted the hours you go to bed or wake in the morning?
Any of these sleep disruptions may be contributing to your tired feelings. Make an extra effort to get more sleep at night.
If you are not able to schedule more time at night, perhaps a short nap during the day is a better solution for you.
Incorporate one or all of the above methods into your schedule to help you feel more energized. Take time for yourself, by indulging in the simple pleasures you find around you. Reach out to close friends, family, and co-workers to help you achieve a less stressful day as you may be physically and mentally tired.
Recognize that you are not alone in feeling tired. Help prevent developing more serious conditions such as the flu and depression by making you a priority right now. Get back to feeling more like yourself again!
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