Are you worried about your Fatigue?
Lifestyle factors that are common causes of fatigue include alcohol and drug use, a lack of physical activity, too much physical activity, lack of sleep, and unhealthy eating habits. Sleeping, eating, and exercising are the three most critical areas to improve when it comes to combatting symptoms of fatigue.
There are several things that we can change about our lifestyle that can help combat symptoms of fatigue. They include:
- Go to bed earlier
- Create a suitable sleep schedule
- Avoid spending too much time using digital devices before you go to bed
- Stay hydrated
- Maintain a balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Lose excess weight
- Lessen caffeine intake
- Lessen alcohol intake
You should seek urgent medical attention if your fatigue is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Feeling faint or dizzy
Fatigue has many links to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety if you are struggling to cope contact your GP for help and advice.
Your GP will ask you questions about your lifestyle and mood to determine if they think your symptoms are related to your mental health. They might also perform blood tests to check for other common causes like iron and vitamin deficiencies.
- Acute liver failure
- Alcohol or drug use
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic infection or inflammation
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) exacerbation — worsening of symptoms
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Depression (major depressive disorder)
- Excess physical activity
- Heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Jet lag disorder
- Lack of physical activity
- Medications and treatments
- Multiple sclerosis
- Not enough sleep
- Pain that's persistent
- Sleep apnea
- Traumatic brain injury
- Unhealthy eating habits
What is post viral fatigue?
Post viral fatigue is a fatigue because of a viral infection. Post viral fatigue may be a symptom that continues for a longer period of time, following the viral infection. It is not a common side effect that everyone suffering with a viral infection will experience however, it can affect all ages from children to adults.
If you have experienced a prolonged experience of fatigue following a viral infection there are things, you can do such as reducing as much stress as possible and resting up during and following a viral infection. Partaking in light exercise such as walking can make a difference.
If fatigue is affecting your life, it’s important to remember there is help available and a doctor will be the best person to help you move forward.
Can anxiety cause fatigue?
Fatigue, for most people, is the most common symptom they experience when suffering with anxiety. The building feelings of anxiety can make your brain spin and overwork itself which can leave you feeling drained as soon the stress stops.
It is a common condition for many, but it doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence. If you are struggling with anxiety, it’s important to speak to a health professional who can find the best solutions to regaining your life.