Not getting enough sleep or sleeping poorly will not only make you feel more tired throughout the day but concentration, energy levels, and ability to handle stress can all be affected. Furthermore, feeling fatigued at work could have a negative impact on your performance and ability to make sound decisions. There are some work situations where this could be disastrous. I’ve compiled a few important things you can do to combat morning fatigue and, hopefully, feel more energy throughout your day. However, if your fatigue is ongoing and doesn’t seem to improve, consult your doctor to check for any conditions that could be serious.
Give Your Eyes a Boost
While asleep, some people don’t produce enough lubricant from the tear ducts to seal eyes properly. This results in starting the day with eyes that aren’t ready for light, computers, phones, etc. When your eyes are tired and feel dry, it can affect how you feel in general…hello, fatigue.
It is also possible to be among those in the 30% of the global population whose eyes react to allergens and/or pollutants in the air – especially in spring and summer. Fortunately, there are some ways to boost your eyes in the morning, such as taking antihistamines, using eye drops and roll-ons, or with a simple eye wash.
Antihistamines are over-the-counter allergy tablets usually consisting of cetirizine or loratadine. These are effective at minimizing the effects of pollen and airborne contaminants. Ptosis eye drops containing oxymetazoline hydrochloride are excellent for widening eyelids and removing eye redness. At the same time, vitamin C roll-on helps with “panda eyes.”
If you don’t have any of these handy, try washing your eyes out with luke warm water. You can also soak a clean face cloth in warm water and place it over your eyes for ten minutes. This helps to relax eyes muscles and stimulate tear production. Alternatively, you could immerse your head into warm water and blink rapidly to remove any debris in your eyes.
Take a Cold Shower
Not only does a morning shower remove dead skin, microbial bacteria, and grease, but, if you choose a colder temp, it activates the lymphatic system and even improves cardiovascular function. Though this is a little uncomfortable at first, it’s fairly easy to get used to if you do it frequently. You can also try a hot/cold combo by switching back and forth every 30 seconds or so. This will certainly help wake you and get you going for the day. Additionally, try an aromatherapy body wash with eucalyptus or citrus to add and extra punch of energy in the morning.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean you should eat first thing in the morning. Breakfast is simply the first meal you eat, and everyone is different. Some people find it challenging to eat in the morning while others cannot wait. Just do what works the best for you.
As with all meals, a balanced and healthy variety is the best option. For your first meal that helps promote energy over a long period, natural fats and protein are your best option. Foods such as eggs, oatmeal, and natural yogurt are especially effective at maintaining energy levels for a few hours. Additionally, a morning cup of organic coffee or tea can help with alertness and focus.
As fatigue sets in around mid-morning, it can be tempting to reach for sugar-filled snacks and energy drinks. Know that craving is trying to tell you something. It’s likely your diet and lifestyle is causing a sugar imbalance. While you will indeed get a temporary energy boost by consuming these things, the crash always comes later. Then, the whole things starts all over.
Fatigue, whether it’s in the morning or throughout the day, can hinder your life in many ways. The important thing is to do what you can to be as healthy as possible. Though we all experience occasional fatigue, chronic symptoms are a warning sign that something much more serious is going on. Listen to your body and try not to just cover up symptoms. Be proactive by taking care of yourself daily. Check with your doctor about anything that is concerning like chronic fatigue.
**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, its owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors, and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.