Last week, I talked about what to do if you lack brain energy, but what if the lack of brain energy is actually a lack of energy, period? Lack of brain energy can be a symptom of something even worse – a complete lack of energy in its totality. I’ve been going through this since last week, and it’s still not fully resolved.
Usually, a lack of energy isn’t something new to us. We’ve been there before and resolved it.
Take a Period of Rest
Sometimes you just have to take some time off, and allow yourself to rest. For most people, it should only take a few days – for those of us with chronic illnesses, it may take weeks or months to feel “normal” again. You should have an idea of how long it will take you to bounce back, but be flexible – it may take less time or more time than the “usual” amount this time.
Fill The Creative Well
Seems illogical to take in anything when your brain and body are fatigued, but I find it is one of the better times to do so. This helps to prevent feelings of guilt about not working, for one thing. For another, it’s definitely a productive use of your time without actually BEING productive – which may strain your already fatigued self. Make the time to watch TV, read books, take photos – whatever fills the well for you without feeling like you’re being productive. Trick your brain!
I’ve spent time watching a little of a bunch of shows, like Elementary, Mom, Ancient Aliens, and even started Keeping Up With The Kardashians. There are reasons behind all of them, but my brain just thinks we’re having fun and “avoiding” work.
Listen To Your Body
This is the time to really up your self-care habits. Not doing them, or not doing them enough may be what caused your fatigue in the first place. I know that for me, if I don’t keep to my schedule and various habits, I turn into an entire mess in an instant thanks to my chronic illnesses. Sometimes, though, it just hits without warning. Don’t force anything if you can help it…that, in my humble opinion and experience, just makes things worse.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you absolutely cannot avoid something, or start to feel like you’re about ready to get back to work, take small, frequent breaks. I have to do this sometimes due to a sensitivity to screens when my fatigue levels are high, to prevent headaches and eye strain. Do something else for a while, or just walk away. Even if you have to make up an excuse. I’ve taken several breaks while writing this blog post, due to going through that sensitivity thing right now. Close your eyes for a few moments, take a bathroom break – whatever makes sense to you and your situation.
These are all ways that I personally combat fatigue, and know to work. Some may have to be done in conjunction with others, make this work for you personally.
Do you have any other tips for battling fatigue? What do you personally do when your energy levels get too low?
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