Language Assistance

Ver site in Español

Need help in your language?

Get helpful language services at no cost to you! (non-Medicare)

company logo

With MHN's extensive network, finding a provider that's just right for you is simple. You can call MHN for assistance or use our online provider search.

provider search
Wellness Image

How to Beat Fatigue

Feeling tired? Worn out? Has the zip gone out of your step? You may be suffering from fatigue. Fatigue is a condition of weariness or exhaustion that can be caused by a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions. It's often a by-product of extreme stress. How can you beat fatigue? Take a close look at these important areas of your life:

How's Your Diet?

Are you too busy to prepare decent meals? Do you eat a lot of junk food on the run? A diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals gives you energy and helps cleanse your digestive system. And you may want to talk to your doctor about whether to use vitamins to supplement your diet.

Establish Priorities at Home and at Work.

Prioritizing is the act of choosing from many conflicting demands. Clarify your values and long-term goals. Learn to prioritize job and household tasks so you can work more effectively and enjoy time with your family.

Are You Getting Enough Rest?

Sleep needs vary, but most people feel rested after seven or eight hours of shut-eye. If you get enough rest, but still feel ready to call it a day in the middle of the afternoon, you may need more exercise to boost your metabolism.

Do You Have a Regular Exercise Routine?

People who run, swim, play tennis or walk vigorously at least three times a week are better equipped to handle stress than stationary folks. If you don't have a regular exercise program, start one soon.

How's Your Mental Health?

If you feel depressed, lonely or anxious, you're also likely to feel fatigued. These feelings are signs that you need to make changes in your life. Talk with a trusted friend or a professional counselor. Try to pinpoint the areas of your life that feel out of balance. Be honest about your feelings. You'll probably find a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm.

Act, Don't Worry.

Worry is a waste of time and energy. Take action to address a concern or fix a problem. Your worries will recede into the background once you act.

Is Your Life Well Balanced?

Are you working long hours with little time for fun and relaxation? If you're fatigued, it's easy to feel too tired for friends or family. But isolation can lead to greater feelings of anxiety and depression. Even though you feel like retreating, reach out to others and enjoy their company.

Date reviewed: 11/9/12
Reviewer: Jay Butterman, D.O.

The articles and tools on this site are for informational and self-help purposes only. They should not be treated as a substitute for financial, medical, psychiatric, psychological or behavioral health care advice, or as a substitute for consultation with a qualified professional.